Velma Blanche (Fulton) Thompson (1920 - 2011)

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Funeral services for Velma B. Thompson, 91, were conducted by Pastor Jud Stover on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Audubon. The interment was in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon. The casket bearers were: Jerry Thompson, Brian Smith, Brent Smith, Matthew Smith, Taylor Smith, Samantha Smith, Jessica Thompson, Katelyn Thompson, and  Stephanie Thompson. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements. 
Velma Blanche Thompson, the daughter of Charles and Anna May Crawford Fulton, was born January 10, 1920, at her parents' home in Melville Township, Audubon County, Iowa, and died March 26, 2011, at the Friendship Home in Audubon, Iowa at the age of 91 years, 2 months and 16 days.
Velma was baptized at the Christian Church in Audubon.  She attended rural school east of Audubon and then graduated from the Audubon High School with the Class of 1940.
On Nov. 14, 1940, she was united in marriage to Virgil R. Thompson at the Lutheran Parsonage in Shenandoah. Velma was a homemaker and helped Virgil farm. They farmed near Coon Rapids for four years, and then operated a farm east of Audubon for another four years.  They then purchased a farm in Guthrie County.  They operated a dairy farm for many years and usually raised hogs and occasionally sheep.  They retired in 1977, sold the farm and moved into Audubon.
After they moved into Audubon, Velma was able to participate in many of the activities she really enjoyed. These included being involved with many of the Church activities. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, canning and baking.  Virgil died July 28, 1995.  Velma enjoyed her home, then moved to the Friendship Home in January of 2009.  Velma was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Audubon, Iowa. 
Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband Virgil, were her parents; her brothers and sisters: Luella Whan, Dale and wife Alice Fulton, Glen and wife Leona Fulton; Ruth and husband Ray Huxel, Harold Fulton, James Fulton.
Survivors include her children: Leon and wife Judy of Audubon; Linda and husband Eugene Smith of Atlantic; LeAnn and husband Michael Lemberger of Ottumwa; her grandchildren: Jerry Thompson and fiancée Conda Dennis of Audubon,  Brian Smith of Atlantic and special friend Jean Young of Oakland, and Brent and wife Melinda Smith of De Soto; her great-grandchildren Jessica Thompson and fiancée Patrick Malloy, Katelyn Thompson and Stephanie Thompson, all of Exira; Samantha Smith of Elkhorn, Neb., Brandon Smith and special friend Alicyn Kuhns of Atlantic, Matthew Smith of Atlantic, Taylor Smith of De Soto, her great-great-grandchildren: Jaylen Malloy and Olivia Malloy, both of Exira and Justin James Smith of Atlantic, her sisters-in-law: Leone Fulton of Perry; and Carolyn Fulton of Cairo, Ga.; many  nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
         
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Apr. 7 to Apr. 15, 2011