Amelda Mock Tompkins December 1, 1919 – June 18, 2013 Amelda Marie (Mock) Tompkins was born to Archie and Nellie (Shaw) Mock near Stockville, NE. She traveled with her parents at six months of age, to a homestead in Northwestern Colorado, near the Utah border, a very remote area. She moved with her parents, two sisters, and her brother to Fruita in 1935, graduating from high school in 1936. She then attended Ross Business College for one year. She married Ray Tompkins on June 12, 1937, in Fruita and they raised four children. Amelda was a full partner with Ray in their grocery operation, The Fruita Wholesale Company, until it was sold in 1965. She then went to Mesa College and became a registered nurse. She spent one year of nursing at St. Mary's Hospital, and 25 years working at Lower Valley Hospital, retiring in 1994. Her four children, born between 1939 and 1959, all graduated from high school in Fruita. She continued to live in the home that she became a part of in 1937 until her death. She is survived by children, David (Patricia) Tompkins of Chandler, AZ; Saul Dale (Wendy) Tompkins and Elaine (John) Mason of Fruita; daughter-in-law, Janice Tompkins of Columbia, MO; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ray in 1996; son, Kenneth; grandson, Ryan, and one great-grandson, William. Visitation will be today, from 5 - 7:00 p.m. at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary. Funeral services will be Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Fruita Christian Church, with graveside services following at New Elmwood Cemetery in Fruita. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Camp Christian, PO Box 932, Clifton, CO 81520.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on June 21, 2013
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