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Helen Thompson Obituary
Helen McCabe Thompson

Helen J. (McCabe) Thompson, 91, passed away July 3rd, 2012 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was born on January 11, 1921 in Brook, Indiana. Helen grew up in Brook and graduated from Brook High School in 1937. She married Harvey J. Thompson on February 24th, 1940.

Surviving are sons James T. (Victoria) of Waterloo, IN, Paul Kevin of Indianapolis, IN, and William M (Cristina) of New Canaan, Connecticut and daughter-in-law Elizabeth of Crown Point, IN. She was preceded in death by her husband Harvey, her son John (Jack), her sister Kathryn Shanahan, and her two brothers Paul McCabe and James McCabe. Helen has twelve (12) grandchildren and five (5) great-grandchildren.

Helen enrolled at Purdue University after high school where she completed one semester of Honor Studies. Her love of Harvey caused her to discontinue further educational pursuits for life as a farm wife. She not only cultivated a large vegetable garden and canned fruits and vegetables for Winter fare, but also worked actively to support their farming operation, while raising four sons. Over the years, Harvey and Helen socialized with a close knit group of friends with whom they played cards, enjoyed gatherings and travelled. They established an informal campground on their acreage in Newton County and frequently entertained friends, while enjoying the nature that surrounded them. Harvey and Helen enjoyed numerous camping experiences throughout the United States and traveled extensively in various European countries. Helen fondly spoke of European river cruises and her many visits to England.

Helen returned to Purdue to complete her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature in her early fifties, commuting evenings to West Lafayette for each class while working full-time as Head Librarian of the Brook Public Library. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa prior to her graduation. South Newton High School hired Helen as an English teacher and she taught there until her retirement in 1990. During this time she completed a Master's Degree, taking her final courses at Oxford University in England. During her teaching career, she developed an excellent relationship with many of her students and it was quite common for former students to stop at her home to visit her after she retired.

Helen loved to read and became a prolific writer authoring hundreds of poems and short stories. She also wrote several Epic poems, one of which "Come Seeling Night" recounted her grandfather McCabe's childhood as an indentured servant and his service as a Union Cavalry officer during the War Between the States.

Helen and Harvey were married for 71 years, and celebrated their 70th with a special family weekend at Turkey Run State Park (a favorite camping spot) in April of 2010.

Visitation will begin at 10:30am followed by the funeral service at 12 noon on Friday, July 6th, 2012 at Gerts Funeral Home, Brook, IN. Helen will be buried next to Harvey in the Riverside Cemetery, Brook.

Published in the Journal & Courier on July 5, 2012
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