Elaine Minnie


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Elaine Minnie Thomson

Mar 10 1920 - Apr 12 2009

Elaine Wordelman Thomson born March 10, 1920 in Buffalo Lake, Minnesota to Paul and Alfrieda Wordelman, died in Austin April 12, 2009. Elaine and her family moved to Yakima, Washington in 1935. She graduated from Tieton High School in 1939, and attended a business school in Yakima. Elaine was very active in the United Methodist Church. She became president of the Yakima Council of Christian Youth. Elaine met her future husband, Morris Thomson, at her church. Elaine and Morris were married June 4, 1945 following his return from 4 years of service in the Army Air Corps. After spending the summer in South Dakota, they returned in September to attend college at Washington State University. Her son, Richard, was born March 29, 1947 in Colfax, Washington. After Morris’ graduation in 1948, they moved to Toppenish, Washington where he worked for the Del Monte Corporation. After their son’s graduation from high school, he went to college at Washington State University, and Morris and Elaine moved to Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, Philippines to work for Del Monte. Two years later they moved to Maracay, Venezuela. Five years later, they moved to Mexico City. In 1977, they moved to London, England. In 1982 Morris retired, and they moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, and then in 1983 to McKinney, Texas, to be near their son, Richard, and his family who lived in Plano. They wanted to watch their grandchildren grow up. After 21 wonderful years in McKinney, they moved to Austin to a retirement home. Elaine enjoyed golf, her work at the church, ladies clubs and bridge. She was an excellent bridge player and played in two International Bridge tournaments. She easily made friends, and enjoyed planning parties and social doings. She was always thought of as the social director of the groups she belonged to. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Elaine is survived by her husband of 63 years, Morris, her daughter-in-law, Beverly Thomson, her granddaughter, Amy Stewman and her husband Todd, and their three daughters, and her grandson, Brian Thomson, and his wife, Susan. She leaves her sisters, Gladys (Everett) Rightmire, Delores (Edward) St. George, and numerous nieces and nephews. Her son, Richard, her parents, Paul and Alfrieda Wordelman, and her brothers, Donald and Kenneth preceded her in death. The family will receive friends from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. Please contact the funeral home for information on the services 972-562-2601. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.
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