Van L. Thompkins took flight and got her wings on August 3, 2020. She was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on February 6, 1949. She was preceded in death by her father Johnnie Thompkins and her mother Elisa Thompkins, adopted father, Mackenzie Murray, and adopted mother Leatrice Murray. She is survived by her two sons, William Mangum III(Smokey) and Tim Parker, a sister, Gwen Thomas and a brother Gary Thompkins.
Van was an Army Veteran. Upon leaving the Army she worked as a caregiver. She was a longtime resident of Seaside and Marina. Her last residence was Windsor Skilled Nursing Home in Monterey. The family would like to thank the staff at Windsor for being so caring during her stay.
She was a long-time member of New Hope Baptist Church in Seaside, serving as an usher and director of the Sunshine Band. She then moved her membership to Holy Assembly Baptist Church in Marina, serving as a Vacation Bible School Teacher. Her favorite scripture was Psalm 23. She attended many classes at Monterey Peninsula College. She also went to cosmetology school.
She was known for being caring and cheerful. She will be sorely missed by her family, friends, extended family and her church family.
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