Obituary: THOMPSON, HELEN

Published: Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:21 p.m. MDT

Helen Leavitt Thompson "Grandma T"

Helen was born to Lee V. Leavitt and Beatrice Hunt Leavitt April 28, 1921 in St. George, Utah. She passed away at the age of 90 on June 22, 2011 surrounded by her loving family. She married Joseph C. Thompson June 10, 1939 in the St. George Temple. She graduated from Dixie High School as a valedictorian. Helen was a faithful member of the LDS church throughout her life. She served in many capacities including ward and stake leadership positions, even in later years when her health failed. She was an avid reader and belonged to numerous book clubs and late in life learned how to paint in oils. Prior to Joe's death in 1982 they enjoyed family gatherings at their Tabiona mountain cabin. After his death she became the strong matriarch of the family. She was an amazing mother and grandmother and her heart and home was open to all as they were greeted with warm hugs and offers of food, cookies and ice cream. Her family was her greatest joy, and her life. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, a daughter, Carol Bea and a son, Earl. She is survived by Richard (Gayle) Thompson, Ralph (Brenda) Thompson, Earl's spouse Kathy Thompson, Brenda (Don) Fawson, Lisa (Omar) Andersen, Lee V. Thompson, Colleen (Vahl) Buchanan, 30 grandchildren, 59 1/2 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held Sunday June 26, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. at Memorial Mortuary, 5850 So. 900 E, Murray, Utah. Services will be held Monday, June 27, 2011 at the Winder 8th Ward Chapel, 1361 E. 4000 So., Salt Lake City. A viewing will be held 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be at Mountain View Memorial Park, 3115 E, 7800 So., Cottonwood Heights. Condolences at: www.memorialutah.com. Special thanks for the excellent and compassionate care of our mother given by the staff at The Wentworth Assisted Living facility and Leslie and Libby of Hospice care.