Bonnette Thompson

Bonnette Doris Thompson, 99, of Staples, passed away October 21, 2019 at Elim Health Care Center in Milaca.

A memorial service celebrating Bonnie’s life will be held on Sat.,, Nov.  2, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Staples Church of Christ. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Bonnie was born on January 29, 1920, north of Verndale to Jesse and Nettie (Ruch) Coleman. Her early years were spent between Iowa and Minnesota, returning to Staples where she started kindergarten at the Lincoln Model School. Bonnie graduated from Staples High School in 1938, as a member of the National Honor Society. In 1939 she married Lloyd Heaver and they had two daughters.

Bonnie was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ, in early years serving as Church Clerk, teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Youth Leader and the offices of the Ladies Group. She was active in the PTA, a Bluebird Leader, the church quilters and a member of the Senior Citizens. Bonnie enjoyed crocheting, gardening, crafts and making quilts for the missionaries. She especially enjoyed baking cookies for her family. She also loved to travel, visiting all 48 contiguous states, Nova Scotia, Canada and Mexico. In 1961, she married James J. Thompson. Together they owned and operated the Re-Sale Store in Staples.

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Maureen (Allen) Gould and Becky (Roger) Kurth; two grandchildren, Scott (Dar) Gould, Kerry (Jim) Fridstrom; six great-grandchildren, Jesse (Amanda) Stenberg, Jake (Amber) Stenberg, Grant Gould, Molly Fridstrom, Jared Gould and Megan Gould; six great-great grandchildren, Breaunna, Madisyn and Gavin Stenberg, Gage and Haley Ray Stenberg, Rynn Gould and two nieces, Juanita (Derald) Miller and Donna Denny.

Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Lloyd and James; five sisters, Bernice (Ray) Bryce, Valda (Dale) VanWey, Ruby (Ross) Dickey, Wilma (David) Bergquist, Marian (Dorothy) Coleman; one brother, John Coleman and an infant sister and one granddaughter, Kim (Kurth) Stenberg.

Arrangements by Taylor Funeral Home of Staples.

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