Blue Earth Betty Jean Cory was born Oct. 24, 1921, in Coon Rapids, Iowa, to Frank Louis and Maude Grace (Albert) Cory. She was the youngest of eight children. She graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 1939 and taught one year in a country school. She married Allen Clinton Thompson on June 24, 1941. After living in Iowa and the Twin Cities for a few years, they moved to the Thompson family farm in 1945. Four children were born to Betty and Allen Dennis, Roger, Dianne, and Rebecca. In 1962, they moved to their much -loved home in rural Faribault (Cannon City), where they lived until they moved to Blue Earth in 2000. Allen passed away in 2001, and Betty remained in her own home until she was hospitalized after a fall in May. At the time of her passing on June 12, 2013, at the age of 91, she was at Parkview Care Center in Wells.
Funeral Services were held June 18, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Blue Earth. The Rev. Dr. Mark F. Wilms officiated. Interment was at the Cannon City Cemetery, Cannon City.
Betty was a great storyteller and loved to have people come to visit her. Her memory was remarkable, and she greatly enjoyed sharing those memories with her family, friends, and visitors. Her family was the focus of her life, and her greatest joy was being a wife, mother and grandmother. Her pies were famous among her family and friends, and she greatly enjoyed baking for her loved ones.
Betty J. Thompson
She is survived by her sons, Dennis (Kay) Thompson, of Scottsville, N.Y., and Roger (Peggy) Thompson, of Blue Earth and Datil, N.M; daughter, Becky (Greg) Keebaugh, of Blue Earth; and son-in-law, Gerry Hardersen, of Raleigh, N.C. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Angela Hardersen?(Brandon) Keith, Regan Thompson, Katie Hardersen (Daniel) King, Cory (Amber) Thompson, Christie Hardersen (Paul) Giemza, David Thompson, Amanda Keebaugh (Peter) Steinke, Rachel Keebaugh (fianc, Michael Windsperger), and Timothy Keebaugh; three step-granddaughters; 13 great-grandchildren; and as well as nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen; daughter, Dianne Thompson Hardersen; parents; parents-in-law, Anton and Fredericka Thompson; sisters, Ina, Evelyn, Rachel, and Velma; brothers, Frankie,?Merle, and Harry; and many other beloved family members and dear friends.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the Youth Fund of Trinity Lutheran Church, Blue Earth; or to the radio ministry of First English Lutheran Church, Faribault.
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