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Mrs.  Iris Maxine Underwood Thomson

Obituary for Mrs. Iris Maxine Underwood Thomson

August 8, 1931 - August 5, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 86


Iris Maxine Underwood Thomson, age 86, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018 in San Antonio. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hilary Herbert Underwood and Dorothy Lillian Anna English; sister Mildred Nelson; and brother Ronald Underwood. Iris is survived by her husband LT. Gen. Herman O. Thomson; daughters Kathy Thomson Ledford, husband David, Sherry Anne Myers, husband Greg, Paula Thomson Waldron, husband Ronayne; brother Marshall Underwood; sister Gloria Underwood Meredith; granddaughters Katelyn Ledford Rhinehart, husband Jacob, Grace Elizabeth Waldron, and Anne Ryals, husband Matt.
Iris was born on August 8, 1931 in Summerdale, Alabama. Her family were farmers, and Iris was very much a country girl! She was a cheerleader in high school and a good student- very active in many activities.
Iris attended Palm Beach Junior College, then completed study and training as a registered nurse in 1952 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Palm Beach, Florida.
On October 29, 1951, while in the psychiatric care phase of the RN program, Iris met 2nd Lieutenant Herman "Tommy" Thomson at a Halloween dance at the Florida State Mental Institution. They were married exactly one year later.
For the next thirty-four years, Iris and Tommy lived in Austin, TX; Montgomery, AL; Wheelus Air Base, Libya; Tallahassee, Fla.; Homestead AFB, Fla.; Mobile, Al (while Tommy was in Vietnam); Luke AFB, Ariz.; Williams AFB Ariz.; Hickam AFB, Hawaii, and Washington, D.C. (twice). During that time, Iris worked in the ER, intensive care, and other specialty areas as a nurse. They had three daughters - Kathy, Sherry, and Paula. Iris was very active in church, golf, bridge; and family care and management. While Tommy deployed all over the world, Iris cared for the girls, kept the home fires burning, and managed family finances like a pro! She excelled as a Christian mother, loving wife, and a great partner! She readily met and mastered the countless challenges and opportunities that presented themselves to her as the wife of an Air Force officer. After all, we all know that the man is only as good as the woman who stands beside him.
While in Washington, Iris renewed her interest in oil painting, worked part-time as an on-call nurse, and continued to be active in church and community life.
The Thomson's enjoyed a great life on the lake and golf courses in Lakeway, Tx. Iris and Tommy were active in the University Avenue Church of Christ congregation in Austin and assisted in forming and playing leading roles in the City of Lakeway Deer Control Committee. (We took a walk every evening and counted deer.) Iris enjoyed Tommy's work as a consultant and his increasing interest in community banking, because of the opportunity to travel extensively in the US, Europe and Asia.
Iris was diagnosed with Alzheimer disease in 2001; then suffered Guillain - Barre' Syndrome in 2002. The Thomson's moved to Air Force Village II (Now Blue Skies West) in September 2003. She transitioned to Freedom House and then the Vista in March and September 2009.
On the Lord's Day, at daybreak, August 5th, 2018, just three days before her 87th birthday Iris went to be with her Lord!


Pastor Wayne Knutson will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation.

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