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Valerie (Rives) Thompson

May 20, 1949 ~ May 11, 2022 (age 72)



Valerie R. Thompson, 72, of Tryon, NC, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2022, peacefully at home.

Born on May 20, 1949, in Chelsey, MA, she was the daughter of the late Arthur E. and Beth G. Rives.  Valerie and her husband moved to Tryon, NC, in 1980. They started the first garden center in Tryon, NC.  Valerie owned and operated Four Winds Florist for several years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Douglas M. Thompson.

She left behind a daughter, Shannon Thompson Metcalf; two sisters, Vickie Wallace and Verene Clindenst of Virginia; two granddaughters, Brandi Ross and Hali Smith (Jason); one grandson, Declan Jenkins; one great-grandson, Gavin M. Clayton and precious great granddaughter, Malorie Smith.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022, from 1pm until 3 pm, at 246 Holly Ridge Lane, Tryon, NC.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in Valerie’s name to the Foothills Humane Society, Columbus, NC.

Sanders Funeral Home is assisting the Thompson family.

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