Service Time: 10:30 A.M.
Day and Date: Monday, November 30, 2009
Location: Paradise United Methodist Church - Paradise, KS
Visitation and Guest Book Registration: Noon to 8 PM on Sunday, November 29, 2009 at the mortuary in Russell.
Family Greeting Visitors: 4 PM to 7 PM Sunday evening, November 29, 2009 at the mortuary.
Memorial: Paradise United Methodist Church, Lighthouse Church of God or Regional Hospice of Liberty, MO
Norma Jean Thompson, 74, of Liberty, Missouri and former Paradise, Fairport and Natoma resident, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at Liberty, Missouri. Norma was born March 14, 1935 in Hays, Kansas. She was the daughter of Lawrence and Nellie (Sanders) Finch.
Norma attended school at Paradise, Kansas graduating from Paradise High School with the class of 1953. She married her high school sweetheart, Gerald Dee Thompson, at Great Bend, Kansas, on March 20, 1952. After Gerald’s return from military service they moved to Woodston, Kansas for several years, and then to Waldo, Kansas, before returning to Paradise in 1969.
Norma spent the majority of her life caring for her family and working along side Gerald while living on the farm. She was a cook for the elementary school at Waldo, Kansas and worked for a time at Reh’s Meat Locker in Natoma, Kansas. She later worked at Travenol in Hays, Kansas. After retirement, Norma enjoyed spending summers at Wilson Lake and other area lakes camping and fishing with her children and grandchildren. Later in retirement she like spending winters with Gerald in Rockport, Texas. She loved to travel, having little adventures, and looking at all the sights. She thoroughly enjoyed shopping, and especially enjoyed finding a bargain.
Norma attended the Paradise United Methodist Church where she participated in all church functions, sang in the choir and soloed, played the organ and/or piano, prepared food and crocheted all kinds of creations which were sold at the yearly Thanksgiving bazaar. Norma had a kind heart, never a bad word to say about anyone, and was a friend to everyone she met. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald, her mother, Nellie, and sisters, Barbara (who died as an infant) and Bernita Finch.
Survivors are her father, Lawrence Finch of Natoma, Ks, sister, Dixie Eggleston of Liberty, Mo, daughter Sonja and husband Jim Weisgerber of Topeka (John and Paul), son Curtis and wife Lila of Oakley, Ks, (Jennifer, Dana, C.J., Ryan and Courtney), son Bradley and wife Kimberly of Hutchinson, Ks, (Amber, Randi, Amanda, Jessica and Kelsay, son Gerald Lee and wife Marlene of Lee’s Summit, Mo, (Mark, Matthew and Travis), and son Alan and wife Donna of Enid, Ok (Rebecca).
Visitation will be Noon to 8 P.M. with the family present from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm, Sunday, November 29th at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell . After visitation, the casket will remain closed.
A celebration of Norma’s life will be held Monday, November 30th at 10:30 a.m. at the Paradise United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Mt. Herman Cemetery west of Paradise. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Paradise United Methodist Church, Lighthouse Church of God, or Regional Hospice, Liberty, Missouri in care of the mortuary. Condolences may be sent via email by going to www.pvpmortuary.com. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the funeral arrangements.