Betty J. Thompson

BLUE EARTH – Funeral services for Betty J. Thompson, 91, of Blue Earth, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Blue Earth with Reverend Dr. Mark F. Wilms, officiating. Interment will be in the Cannon City Cemetery, Cannon City.

Betty passed away on June 12, 2013, at Parkview Care Center in Wells, Minn. Visitation will be two hours prior to services Tuesday at the church.

Betty Jean Cory was born Oct. 24, 1921, in Coon Rapids, Iowa to Frank Louis and Maude Grace (Albert) Cory. She was the youngest of eight children. She graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 1939 and taught one year in a country school. She married Allen Clinton Thompson on June 24, 1941. After living in Iowa and the Twin Cities for a few years, they moved to the Thompson family farm in 1945. Four children were born to Betty and Allen – Dennis, Roger, Dianne and Rebecca. In 1962, they moved to their much-loved home in rural Faribault (Cannon City), where they lived until they moved to Blue Earth in 2000. Allen passed away in 2001, and Betty remained in her own home until she was hospitalized after a fall in May. Betty was a great storyteller and loved to have people come to visit her. Her memory was remarkable, and she greatly enjoyed sharing those memories with her family, friends, and visitors. Her family was the focus of her life, and her greatest joy was being a wife, mother and grandmother. Her pies were famous among her family and friends, and she greatly enjoyed baking for her loved ones.

She is survived by her sons, Dennis (Kay) Thompson of Scottsville, N.Y., and Roger (Peggy) Thompson of Blue Earth and Datil, N.M.; daughter, Becky (Greg) Keebaugh of Blue Earth; son-in-law, Gerry Hardersen of Raleigh, N.C. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Angela Hardersen (Brandon) Keith, Regan Thompson, Katie Hardersen (Daniel) King, Cory (Amber) Thompson, Christie Hardersen (Paul) Giemza, David Thompson, Amanda Keebaugh (Peter) Steinke, Rachel Keebaugh (fianc, Michael Windsperger), and Timothy Keebaugh; three step-granddaughters; 13 great-grandchildren; as well as nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen; daughter, Dianne Thompson Hardersen; parents; parents-in-law, Anton and Fredericka Thompson; sisters Ina, Evelyn, Rachel and Velma; brothers, Frankie, Merle and Harry; and many other beloved family members and dear friends.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the Youth Fund of Trinity Lutheran Church, Blue Earth; or to the radio ministry of First English Lutheran Church, Faribault.

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