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Ruth Thompson

March 6, 1936-March 6, 2012

Ruth E. Thompson, 76, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at her home, surrounded by her children and under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, with a Catholic Daughters Rosary at 6:30 p.m. and Parish Vigil at 7 p.m., all in the David-Donehower Funeral Home. It will continue for one hour prior to the mass on Saturday at the church.

A mass of Christian burial is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10 in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes, with Monsignor Timothy McGee officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Ruth Elaine Thompson was born to Clifford and Margaret (Wingut) Williams on March 6, 1936 in Mitchell, S.D. As a young girl, she lived in Minot and Bismarck, N.D., prior to moving to Detroit Lakes in 1950 when her parents purchased the Point Resort on Big Detroit Lake.

Ruth was united in marriage to Arville Thompson May 29, 1954 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes. She graduated from Moorhead State College in 1970 and taught in Alexandria for one semester, then at Frazee Public Schools for 27 years, retiring in 1998. She also operated a licensed foster care home, 1982-2003.

Ruth was a member of Holy Rosary Church and of Catholic Daughters. She enjoyed her flower gardens, especially her roses, growing fruits and vegetables, reading and doing crossword puzzles.

Survivors include eight children. Theresa Quam, Ruth Thompson, Cliff (Gail) Thompson, Mary (Harlan) Hendrickson and Linda Rossback, all of Detroit Lakes, Kathleen (Mike) Anderson of Midland, Mich., Suzanne Thompson of Lake Elsinore, Calif., and Jennifer (Paul) Soyring of Callaway; 12 grandchildren; five great grandchildren, three sisters, Marlene Sjaastad of Detroit Lakes, Virginia Ingram of Billings, Mont., and Mary Riedenger of Bellingham, Wash.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a sister, Cathy Johnson; and grandchildren, Eric Thompson, Jessie Stone and Jamie Stone.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Memorials are preferred, to Holy Rosary Church or Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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