Connie Lee Thompson
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January 29, 1955
March 17, 2013
Connie Lee Thompson, 58, passed away in the arms of her soul mate early Sunday morning after a heroic 2 1/2 year battle with cancer which she fought with honor and dignity until the very end.
She was born January 29, 1955 in Ogden, UT, daughter of Morris Leon and Athleen Joyce Edwards. She grew up in Sunset, UT attending school, meeting and falling for Chris John Thompson in July of 1969 when he did his Groucho Marx impression. They were married October 21, 1971 and blessed with their daughter, Candy Lee, in June of 1972. She graduated from Weber State Skill Center in 1974. In May of 1975 they were blessed with a son, Christopher Leon. She and Chris were sealed in the Salt Lake City LDS temple in September of 1997.
Connie worked at IRS as a Data Transcriber. She then worked for Hill Air Force Base for 20+ years as a Contract Negotiator, receiving many awards including the Contracting Star. After retiring from HAFB in 1995, she and Chris relocated to Sparks, NV. She worked for the Silver Legacy Resort Casino from 1998 until 2000 when she again retired to care for her 1st born grandson and following 2 grandsons. In addition to help raise her rowdy grandsons, she also was co-owner and office manager of AAA Backflow Assembly Testers of NV which she proudly did so with Chris.
She enjoyed crocheting, camping, hiking, and being in the outdoors with the family. She had a special love for Heavenly Father, attending church, teaching primary, and sharing her testimony of the gospel. Her favorite moments were attending her grandson's school and sporting events, snuggling and reading with them, curling up with the family Maltese "Faith", and lying in bed watching old reruns with the love of her life while holding hands.
She had a smile that could light up any room, make any sad situation better, and a hug for everyone she met. She was a fantastic wife, mother, and grandmother, always looking out for us like a mama bear. She was a loving woman, happiest with family & friends, a woman that helped anyone be a better person.
A heartfelt thank you is sent to Dr. Mackintosh and staff and St. Mary's oncology nursing for their tender care. A multitude of thanks goes out to the Sparks 5th ward for their support, love, & comfort. To two lifelong friends, Renae Myers and Diane Cole, your constant and loyal friendship, love, and support are truly the definition of the word "friend". And lastly the most special gratitude to two of the most affectionate and giving people I have been blessed with in my life, Chris, my love, and Candy, my daughter. Thank you for your constant love, compassion, and sacrifices you've both made. My love & gratitude for you continues long beyond today. I love you both with all my heart. Peace, love and happiness always.
She is survived by her husband, Chris J. Thompson; daughter, Candy L. Helsing; special son-in-law, Brian J. Helsing; grandsons, Logan C. Helsing, William J. Helsing, and Edward L. Helsing; mother Athleen J. Rice (Syracuse, UT); sister Vickie (Nate) Webster, Ogden, UT; sister, Sherrie A. Hansen, Ogden, UT; sister, Kathie (Brian) Hull, Syracuse, UT; sister, Kari D. Story, Ogden, UT; many dear nieces, nephews, cousins, & other treasured family and friends.
She was greeted in Heaven by her son, Christopher Leon Thompson, father, Morris Leon Edwards, grandparents, Arvilla H. & Carl Slater, Tessie & William J. Edwards, father-in-law Ken Herr, aunt, Leah Beveridge, two nephews she adored, Joshua L. Hansen and Dylan S. Aranda, and our precious first Maltese "Christy Lee".
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 7265 Shadow Ln., Sparks 12:00pm noon. Friends may visit family Monday, March 25, 4-6 pm and Tuesday from 11-11:45 am. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery, 435 Stoker Ave., Reno.
In lieu of flowers a savings account in trust for her grandsons has been set up in Chris J. Thompson's name at any Bank of America. Thank you.
"Our true love triumphs over all things eternally".
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2013