Cara B. Thomson

Cara B. Thomson, 78, died Dec. 13, 2021, in McMinnville, Oregon.

She was born on Feb. 13, 1943, in New York City. Her parents, William and Margaret Burke, finalized her adoption in 1945. They’d had custody of her beginning on Jan. 6, 1944, soon after she was placed with the New York City adoption agency.

She grew up and attended schools in the Montclair, New Jersey, area.

In the early 1970s, she moved to Ketchikan. She had a degree in psychology, and was the director of Gateway Mental Health for several years before she retired.

“She loved her clients and her work,” her family writes.

In 2009, she moved to Sheridan, Oregon, where she built a new home and resided until her health required a move to an adult foster facility for access to additional care.

After losing her vision about five years ago, “she dealt with blindness and a multitude of health issues in her life with an extraordinarily positive attitude, sense of humor, and loving heart, before losing her relatively short battle with cancer,” her family writes.

She enjoyed drawing, painting, playing piano and guitar, banjo picking and eating chocolate.

“Cara was one of the most genuine, kind, caring, funny, and intelligent women most people will ever be lucky enough to know,” her family writes. “She made friends easily and had a way of letting everyone in her life know how important they were to her.”

Mrs. Thomson was preceeded in death by her husband, Shelton Thomson, on July 5, 2007.

She is survived by Dennis McElroy and sister-in-law Marianne Thomson, of Sheridan, and their children and grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Lynn Burton and family of Arizona, and Cindy Balzer and family of Alaska and Washington; and brother, Bob Burke of Sisters, Oregon, and his children, Emily and Spencer Burke.

At her request, no services are planned.