Jean Marie Thomson 1931 – 2017

Jean Marie Thomson, 86, passed peacefully from this life in her Dillon home on March 24, surrounded by family. Ultimately, she succumbed to a lengthy and dignified battle with cancer.

Jean was born January 30, 1931, in Anaconda, the fourth of five children to Dewey and Antoinette (Barkovich) Todorovich. She graduated from Anaconda Senior High School (class of 1949) and completed Butte Business College.

She married Gene “Shaker” Thomson, also of Anaconda. Their 56-year union produced three children, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Jean worked for the Anaconda Company for several years and was Shaker’s right hand during his three terms as Deer Lodge County Sheriff.

Jean was an accomplished bowler and relished her Wednesday night ladies’ league at Cedar Park Lanes. She enjoyed crocheting, collectibles, gardening (especially planting and growing flowers) playing pinochle—most often with a wad of “Abe Lincolns” at risk—and spending time with family. Jean provided 12 years of in-home care for her declining mother, highlighting an uncommon and extraordinary sense of family. Her generous philanthropy benefited a variety of youth programs—the southwest Montana YMCA, American Legion baseball, Make a Wish Montana and Beaverhead County High School activities, as well as diverse agricultural and faith-based developmental groups.

Jean is survived by: her husband, Gene “Shaker” Thomson; son Steve (Dianna), of Canyon Lake, TX; and twin daughters Jan Thomson-Rouse (Todd), of Dillon, and Ann Komac (Matt), of Helena. She is also survived by grandchildren Joni, Keith (Monica), Matthew (Ashley), Alyssa, Alex and Paige; and great-grandchildren Nicki, David, Samuel, Thomas and Addie. She is also survived by sister-in-law Mildred Todorovich, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jean was preceded in death by: her parents, Dewey and Antoinette Todorovich; brothers Robert (US Army, killed in action, WW II, a source of great pride and reverence to Jean), George and Tom, and sister Helen Blodnick (Edward), all of Anaconda.

Celebration of Life Services were held April 8, at St. Peter’s Church in Anaconda, with Father Dougald McCallum officiating, with a private internment of ashes following at the family plot located in Mount Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Make-A-Wish Montana (175 North 27th Street, Suite 1214, Billings MT, 59101) or Barrett Memorial Home Care and Hospice Services (109 South Washington Street, Dillon MT, 59725.)

The family would like to thank the staff at Barrett for their care and compassion shown to Jean during her illness. The family offers a heartfelt and special thank you to Doctor Sandra McIntyre, and nurses Marie, Cindy and Gina. Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Jean’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.