Nancy Thompson — 1940-2007

Posted on January 9th in Obituaries

Nancy Thompson died on Dec. 31, of cancer.

She was born to Chester Leroy and Florence Nancy (Wood) Vanderpool on Oct. 30, 1940, in Woodbine, Iowa. She was the middle of nine children.

Thompson graduated from Laurens High School then attended Graceland College for one year. In 1962, she married Larry Moats. The couple had two sons, Lonnie and Douglas. Her first 37 years were spent in Iowa.

In 1970, Thompson started her career with the Havelock Telephone Company in Havelock, Iowa. She was the first REA insurance borrower in the nation. In 1975, she moved to Hampton, Iowa, and began bookkeeping for Barnes Real Estate and Insurance. She moved to Homedale, Idaho, in 1976, continuing her insurance career.

From the mid 1980s to 1999, she worked for Agency West in Caldwell, Idaho.
On Dec. 11, 1999, she married Kenneth Thompson at their home in Burns. This marriage added two more sons to Thompson’s life, Kenneth and Bill.

Thompson worked for Bisnett Insurance in Burns from 2000, until her retirement in May 2007.

She enjoyed fishing, boating and the outdoor life she shared with her husband. Thompson loved to hear people laugh often and enjoy life.

Thompson is survived by her husband, Ken; sons, Lonnie Moats and Doug Moats and wife April; stepsons, Kenneth Thompson and Bill Thompson and wife Lisa; brothers, Phillip Vanderpool and wife Velma; Willie Vanderpool, Glenn Vanderpool and wife Darlene, Gerald Vanderpool and wife Roxanne, and Harold Vanderpool; sisters-in-law, Teddy Prichett and husband Bob, and Clarice Arquette and husband Butch.

She is also survived by grandchildren, Audrey Moats, Bobbi Gail, Shelby Lee, and Levi, Jamie, David, MacKenzie and Raeann Thompson; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends Terry and Cecelia Carroll, Rod and Lori Knieriem, Randy Knieriem, Pat and Al Albertson; and Pamela Barnes.

A service for Thompson will be held on Jan. 26, at 1 p.m., at Pioneer Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Harney County Hospice, or a charity of one’s choice, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

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