Ethel Louise (Moore) Thompson, 82, of Henning, died Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena.
She was born on April 20, 1926, in Bathgate, N.D., the daughter of William and Isabel (Capitan) Moore. She grew up in Bathgate and graduated from high school there. She was the star basketball player at Bathgate High School. During World War II, she worked as a telegraph operator in Harwood, N.D. She married James Thompson on Oct. 18, 1946, after the war ended. They moved to Neche, N.D., and later to Minneapolis. In 1950, they moved to Excelsior, Minn., and in 1954 to Chanhassen, Minn. They moved to Henning in 1978 and she lived there ever since.
She was active in her church and the Christian Mothers. She was a golfer and enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge. She and Jim loved to travel. Above all, she made a loving home for her husband and their beautiful children. "Live, love, laugh" was her phrase and she often referred to family members and friends as "the apple of my eye."
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 4, at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Henning with the Rev. Dan Walz officiating. Casket bearers were her children: Steve, Doug, Yo, Coke and Joan; and friend, Deb. Interment is in the church cemetery. The Belmont Funeral Home in Henning was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, James; children, Steve (Deb) Thompson, Park Rapids, Doug (Bev) Thompson, Prior Lake, Minn., James Jr. (Stu) Thompson, Page, Ariz., Colleen (friend Deb Huot) Thompson, Crookston, and Joan (Steve) Meyerson, Minneapolis; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Audrey (Al) Althoff, Richfield, Minn.; and a brother, Bob (Grace) Moore, St. Cloud.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Nancee; brothers, Keith and Bill; and a daughter-in-law, JoAnne.