Hermina Thomson, 102

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Hermina M. Caron Harley Thomson, 102, formerly of Bruneau and Mountain Home, died June 27, 2005, in Eugene, Ore., of natural causes.

Memorial graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Mountain View Cemetery in Mountain Home. Local arrangements are under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, Mountain Home.

She was born Aug. 16, 1902, in Nampa, the second child of Jacob and PulCherie (Lalande) Caron.

She graduated from St. Theresa's Academy in Boise and took additional classes to obtain a teaching certificate. She taught eighth grade in a one-room school at Bruneau Hot Springs.

Hermina married Joseph W. Harley on May 24, 1922, in Nampa. To that union seven children were born.

Hermina was active in St. Bridget's Church of Bruneau, where she sang and played the organ.

Her husband, Joe, died Dec. 6, 1971.

Hermina then married Jack Thomas in 1975, they continued their life together in Mountain Home until his death. She then moved to Oregon to be with her extended west coast family. She lived on her own until her death.

Her greatest enjoyment was singing with the Mountain Home Misfit Senior Citizens Band, painting and playing pinochle with all their friends at the Senior Citizens Center.

Survivors include: five children, Marjorie Cloudt of Mountain Home, Erma Rae Kane of Eugene, Ore., Jonee Grat of Santa Barbara, Calif., Caron Reed of Corvallis, Ore., and Jay Harley of Springfield, Ore.; 23 grandchildren, 30 great- grandchildren and 11 great- great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Daniel and Robert Harley, and one grandson, Rick Reed.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mountain Home Senior Citizens Center,1000 N. 3rd East St., Mountain Home, ID 83647.