BETTY J. THOMPSON
Betty Jean Cory was born October 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 AllenóDennis, 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. At the time of her passing on June 12, 2013, at the age of 91, she was at Parkview Care Center in Wells, MN.
Funeral services will be on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Blue Earth with Reverend Dr. Mark F. Wilms, officiating. Interment will be at the Cannon City Cemetery, Cannon City. Visitation will be at the church for two hours prior to the service.
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 (and Kay) Thompson of Scottsville, NY and Roger (and Peggy) Thompson of Blue Earth and Datil, NM; daughter, Becky (and Greg) Keebaugh of Blue Earth; and son-in-law, Gerry Hardersen of Raleigh, NC. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Angela Hardersen (and Brandon) Keith, Regan Thompson, Katie Hardersen (and Daniel) King, Cory (and Amber) Thompson, Christie Hardersen (and Paul) Giemza, David Thompson, Amanda Keebaugh (and Peter) Steinke, Rachel Keebaugh (and fiance, Michael Windsperger); Timothy Keebaugh; three step-granddaughters; and by 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.
Name: Lauri Elstad Remund
Date: Monday June 17, 2013
My childhood in Cannon City is so tied into the Thompson family. Becky, my heart aches for your loss, but I know she's having her morning coffee with Mom again and that comforts me to no end. I'll never forget Betty's stories and the way she always made me welcome on your family outings to the lake and to Ray and Silvas. Hugs and kisses to you and the family. Love always, Lauri (Elstad) Remund
Name: Marsha Collins White
Date: Thursday June 13, 2013
I will always remember the times we had growing up in Cannon City. Your mother was a great person like no other. You have my deepest sympathies and prayers. May she rest in peace.