After a battle with cancer, Thessa Joy Munkres, age 50, passed away peacefully, at home, in the arms of her loving husband as he sung her to sleep, on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Thessa was born on October 13, 1966 in Negros Occidental, Philippines. She was the youngest of eight children. She moved to the United States in 1990. Thessa and Dale finally got married after a five year pursuit of Dale, March 5, 2005. Thessa and Dale were best friends and soulmates. Thessa worked 17 years and was a fixture at the Jackson Road gate at BP Refinery, she would be the first smile workers would see on their way into work and the last one at the end of their day. Even after diagnosed with cancer Thessa continued to bring joy to those that passed her gate. People were unaware of her illness since she never once complained about it. Anybody that had even a brief encounter with this beautiful woman was touched by an angel.
Thessa is survived by the love of her life, Dale Munkres; her five children: Kristy (Josh) Draper of Everson, WA; Kyle Munkres of Salt Lake City, UT; Kent Munkres of Everson, WA; AJ (Dani) Pieczynski of San Diego, CA; and Alissa (Brayden) King of Fort Hood, TX. and honorary daughter Heather (Justin) Lonegan of Everson, WA. She was a beloved Lola to eleven grandchildren: Kade, Elijah, Landon, Fallon, Annabelle, Sawyer, Cloey, Myra, Atreyu, Attla, and Wren. She leaves behind mother-in-law Vicki Munkres, brothers, sisters, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews that she loved tremendously. She was preceded in death by her parents, Adelina & Vidal Alastra; in-laws Patricia & Dean Munkres; and older sister Gemma Fajardo. Also she leaves very close friends Mine DeGuzman of Torrance, CA. Stu and Janelle MacDonald of Lynden, WA., Judi and Burl King of Custer, WA., Fred and Arti Peckler of Lynden, WA., Autry and Gene Bishop of Seattle, WA., Shelly Waynetska of Bellingham, WA, and her surrogate mom whom she loved with all her heart Maxine Ferry of Ferndale, WA.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 17, 2017, 11:00 PM at Good News Fellowship Church, 1252 W. Axton Road, Ferndale, Washington.