Betty C. Thompson, 88, of Higginsville, formerly of Marshall, died October 14, 2007, at Meyer Care Center, Higginsville, Missouri.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., November 03, 2007, at the Salem United Church of Christ 1500 N. Main Street, Higginsville. Burial in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall will occur at a later date. Memorial gifts are suggested to Missouri Valley College or to P.E.O. Sisterhood in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall.
Online condolences may be sent to www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born May 1, 1919, in Doniphan, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Alvin Laten Carter and Edith Pearl Martin Carter. Betty's father was an evangelistic singer and the family moved frequently. She recalled attending five different grammar schools during her first eight years of school. She attended high school at the School of the Ozarks, but only completed three years before entering Missouri Valley College in the summer of 1936.
She graduated from Valley in 1940 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. On January 29, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois, she married the late Joe E. Thompson. Betty's major was English and her minors were physical education and history. She had a teaching certificate, and taught business education at Slater High School (1963-1968) and Marshall High School (1968-1976). She spent many years at home as a housewife and mother, and assisted her husband Joe with the family farm business.
Betty was active in church work and in the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was a member of the following P.E.O. Chapters: HQ in Slater; JS in Marshall; and EK in Higginsville. She participated in several bridge clubs. She loved to write poetry and composed an annual Christmas poem for over 50 years. She wrote poems for numerous special occasions, as well as, for children such as "Bettie Wallingford's Animal and Bird Creature ABCs"
Survivors include a daughter, Sara Elizabeth Thompson Borgerson of Festus; a son, Rear Admiral Joe Stanton Thompson, USN (Ret) of Higginsville; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Betty was preceded in death by three siblings, Joseph Martin Carter, Sara Jane Carter Scaggs and Alvin Laten Carter, Jr.
Additional information provided per family recompense.