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A Celebration of Life for Norma Thompson of Warroad will be held on Sunday, January 27th at 12 noon at the Warroad Senior Living Center Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the America Cemetery at a later date. Memorials preferred to the donor's choice.
Norma Irene Thompson was born on July 28, 1927, in Roseau, MN, the daughter of Oscar and Edith (Mattson) Larson. She attended school in Falun until 8th grade, graduating from Roseau in 1945.
On November 22, 1946, Norma was united in marriage to Dean Thompson of Warroad. They met at a dance, continuing to enjoy that activity and music the rest of their lives. To this union six children were born. They had several homes in the Warroad area during their 68 years of marriage.
Norma spent many years as a stay at home mom, but also did a variety of retail jobs and eventually worked at Marvin's for 18 years. At her retirement in 1990 she was recognized for her "quick infectious laugh" and for her "contribution to the morale of the workers." At her last conference for the nursing home, those same attributes were recognized! She loved being with people and was blessed with lots of company.
Norma will also be remembered for her collections of Amber glass, Beanie Babies, lunch boxes, and jewelry. For the last 6 years she lived at the Warroad Senior Living Center where she enjoyed participating in a variety of activities, but especially bingo.
Survivors include her six children, Barb Kobs, Iola, WI; Marla(Dale) Carlson, EGF,MN; Arlene (Harold) Overbye, Tucson, AZ; Wayne Thompson, Warroad; Dwight Thompson, Waseca, MN; Mary (Tim) Anderson, Warroad. She is further survived by her grandchildren, their spouses and great-grandchildren: Ben (Callie, Daisy, Levi, Abbi,Colette) Kobs, Wausau,WI; William Kobs, Reedsburg, WI; Eric (Kelly, Rhees,Teigen) Carlson, Grand Forks,ND; Gina (Ruthie, Evan) Carlson, Fargo, ND; Travis(Paula, Emma) Overbye, Farmington, MN; Ryan (Jennifer, Nolan, Andrew) Overbye, Lakeville,MN; Kari (Jack, Keira, Kylie) Juffer, Lakeville, MN; Shane Thompson; Pat (Trish, Harlow) Thompson, Rainy River; Kevin Thompson, Warroad; Danielle (Madison, Ezra, Soren)(fiancé Phil Hasselquist) Thompson, and Shelby Thompson, Waseca, MN; Adam(Alex) Anderson, Minot,ND; Greg (Kelsey,Easton, Grayson, Kendal) Anderson, Warroad.
Surviving siblings include: Loretta (Al)Groethe, OR; Linda Westeen, LA; Orville (Leona) Larson and Milo (Kay) Larson, International Falls. She has numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dean, sisters Fern and Lyla, and brothers Eugene, Lester, and Dan.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to favorite charities.