Gail J. Thompson, 65, died May 10, 2008, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima after an extended illness.
She was born Feb. 14, 1943, in Alma, Mich., to D. Keith and Marjorie L. Haney Knudson. Her mother survives in Rockford. On Aug. 27, 1966, she married Robert D. Thompson, who survives.
She had been a second-grade schoolteacher at St. Henry Local School for three years, a child care provider for 20 years, and had been working at Wal-Mart in Celina for 15 years. She moved to Rockford in 1998, coming from Coldwater. She was a member of Coldwater United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, was an adviser of the youth group, was in the United Methodist Women's Group and played in the Mercer County Volleyball League. She was a member of the Wal-Mart Red Hat Squigglies, a Cub Scout den mother, a member of the Coldwater Craft Club, the Rockford Chamber of Commerce and she worked on the Christmas Walk Committee. She was a poll worker and presiding judge for the Mercer County Elections Board.
Survivors also include a son, Mark Robert Thompson, of New Bremen; two daughters, Linda M. (G. Eric) Temple, of Wapakoneta, and Cheryl E. (Jeffery G.) Christensen, of Brookville; a brother, Max K. (Glenda) Knudson, of Vero Beach, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Alec and Wesley Temple and Nicholas and Katie Christensen.
Services will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at Coldwater United Methodist Church. Pastor Allen Brown will officiate. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Coldwater United Methodist Church or the Leota Braun Foundation, Rockford.
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