Marjorie Thompson, 86

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Funeral services for Marjorie Stacia Thompson, 86, of Albert Lea will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church. The Rev. Matt Griggs will officiate. Interment will be at the Central Freeborn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. To sign the guest book, go to
After a long battle with Alzheimer’s, Marjorie died peacefully Sunday, July 11, 2010, surrounded by her loving family.
Marjorie Stacia Thompson was born on Aug. 20, 1923, to Martin and Marvyle (Stokker) Lysne. She was a life long resident of Freeborn County. Marjorie was baptized, confirmed and married in the Oakland Church and attended the Devereaux school. On Feb. 15, 1942, she was united in marriage to Palmer Thompson. After several moves Marjorie and Palmer made their home on “the farm” by Clarks Grove. Marjorie devoted her life to raising her five children, working on the farm and serving her church. She enjoyed surrounding herself with family and friends. In her 50s Marjorie became a breast cancer survivor. She was an active member of Central Freeborn Lutheran Church and over the years served as Sunday school superintendent, was active in circle, Ladies Aid, Altar Guild and sang in the choir. Among the things Marjorie loved were the color red, square dancing, growing flowers, dressing up for Halloween to fool family and friends, taking trips and bus tours with Palmer, collecting rocks, hosting “tea parties” for her grandchildren, gardening and baking. She had a wide reputation as a terrific cook and baker. As the Alzheimer’s progressed, she and Palmer moved into Albert Lea where she was cared for at home by Palmer, assisted by sister-in-law, Beverly Thompson and later her oldest son Steven, who moved home to help with her around-the- clock care. The family would like to express special thanks to Bev Thompson and all the hospice workers who gave such wonderful care and support.
Survivors include her husband, Palmer; children: Stacia (Perry) Olson, Steven Thompson (Jan Lowe), Anita Jensen, Craig Thompson (Marita Wolf), Connie (Dan) Williams; grandchildren: Shelly Pearson (Brian Haug), Scott Olson, Troy Olson, Debbie (Tad) Angell, Tim (Misty) Olson, Wendy Olson (Troy Schwarting), Mitch (Dana) Thompson, Michelle (Greg) Johannsen, Pat Jensen, Kristin Jensen, Jacob Williams, and Rachel Williams; great-grandchildren: Justen Pearson, Jeremy Pearson, Elizabeth Olson, Nick Angell, Joey Angell, Alex Angell, William Olson, Cody Olson, Brandon Schwarting, Brittney Schwarting, Mason Schwarting, Davin (Erin) Thompson, Zach Thompson, Tyler and Betsy Johannsen, and Taylor Jensen; great-great-grandchildren: Hailey Olson, Cadyn Angell, Carson, Addison and Cole Thompson; siblings and in-laws: Rebecca Medd, Alice (Al) Friedrich, Maurice (Henrietta) Lysne, Harold Lunde, Grace (Gerald) Skaar, Ruby Armstrong, Grace Arneson, Harriet Broskoff, Earl (Bev) Thompson, Paul (Mary) Thompson, David (Marlene) Thompson, Elaine Erickson, Bernice Thompson and numerous nieces and nephews.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Sarah Lunde, Doris Wayne, Edith Guritz, and Rachel Lysne; in-laws: John Guritz, Charles Medd, Howard Thompson, Everett and Olive Thompson, Dorothy and Raymond Jerdee, Wally and Helen Thompson, Carol and Jim Bottleson, Alton Arneson, Alec Broskoff and Bob Erickson.

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