Wanda Thompson

Wanda Jean Thompson (Winfrey)

Friday, July 25th, 1930 - Thursday, January 16th, 2020
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Wanda Winfrey Thompson, 89, of Salem, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 16, 2020.
Wanda was a long standing member of the Salem Presbyterian Church. She spent her career in education, mostly as a Kindergarten teacher. She is remembered not only for her successful career in education, but mostly for being a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Daniel & Mary Winfrey; brother, Donald B. Winfrey; and her loving husband, Rayburn Alex “Bud” Thompson Sr.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Wanda Thompson Moffett (Bill), Susan Thompson Polansky (Ed), and Rayburn Alex Thompson Jr. (Peggy); grandchildren, Megan Moffett Johnson (Eric), William Thomas Moffett IV (Erin), Katy Moffett Robins (Amy), Kevin Joseph Riffle (Megan), Jason Edwards Polansky, Rayburn Alex Thompson III (Megen), as well as Emily Thompson Edwards (Bo); great grandchildren, Scott & Reese Johnson, William & Samuel Moffett, Elijah Robbins, Scarlette & Devin Riffle, Anna & Maggie Thompson, and last but not least, Hampton Edwards.
The family will receive friends on Friday, January 24, 2020, from 1-2p.m. in the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home chapel in Salem. A funeral service will also be held on Friday, in the chapel at 2 p.m. A committal service will be held immediately following the service at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in the mausoleum, with entombment to follow. Janet Chisom will be officiating.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Ashley Sweeney who was her loving care provider, as well as all the staff of Salem Terrace at Harrogate, for all their love and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, please make charitable donations in her name to Salem Presbyterian Church, Salem Clothes Closet, or the Salem Food Pantry.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 24th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Friday, January 24th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home
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  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 24th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday, January 24th, 2020 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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    Chisom, Janet
  • Interment

    Friday, January 24th, 2020 |
    Friday, January 24th, 2020
    Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens
    5737 Airport Road
    Roanoke, VA 24012
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John Alderson

Posted at 08:34pm
Condolences to the entire family. We are very sorry to hear about Wanda. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. She will be in our hearts.
With deepest sympathy,
John, Lisa and Jay Alderson


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