Thompson, Viola

Written by David Green.

Viola S. Thompson, 94, of Waldron,  Mich., died Feb. 17, 2011, at the Mac McGuire Skilled Nursing Facility in Hillsdale, Mich.

Viola was born Aug. 15, 1916, in Scipio Township to Floyd and Bessie (Van Aken) Jenks.  She was married July 31, 1937, to Charles N. Thompson and he preceded her in death June 10, 1993.

Viola graduated from Hillsdale High School in 1935 and lived at the Thompson Family Farm since 1945. She was a member of the Lime Creek Grange #712 for more than 65 years and also a member of the State and National Grange.  Viola was a member of the WMF of the Munson United Brethren Church and served as treasurer.  She was a costume designer and seamstress for more than 45 years.

Surviving is a daughter, Vicky Dee (and Parke) Hayes of Hillsdale; a god-daughter, Vicky Lee (and John) McElroy of Hillsdale; a sister-in-law, Patricia (and John) Blaker of Hudson, Mich.; a brother-in-law, Floyd (and Margaret) Gould of Grass Lake, Mich.; and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Florys Cramer.

A private family graveside service will take place at Lakeview Cemetery, Hillsdale.  A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.  Arrangements were made by VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Reading Emergency Unit, the Mac McGuire Skilled Nursing Facility or St. Peter’s Free Clinic.

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