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Jeannie Thompson

September 8, 1933 - June 2, 2019

Nelma Jean (Jeannie) Thompson of Lewisville, Texas passed away on June 2, 2019 at the age of 85. She was born on September 8, 1933 to Ted and Gertrude (Barber) Bernard in Trenton, New Jersey. Jeannie and her parents returned to Texas in her early childhood and lived and went to school in the Park Cities area. She went on to Trinity University in San Antonio where she earned her degree and met her future husband. On December 26, 1955, Jeannie married Wofford Clinton Thompson, Jr. in Dallas, Texas. While raising their four children, Jeannie taught school in McKinney, worked with her father’s family business in Dallas (Bernard Fain Carpets) and then her husband’s family newspaper business (The McKinney Examiner). During this time, she also served in her church as a Sunday School teacher and Choir Director.  Jeannie was 34 when she received the life of Jesus at the kitchen table of a dear friend. In Jeannie’s own words, “At that very moment, the Spirit of Jesus began living in me. Although I sometimes veer from His perfect direction what a wonderful journey it has been, and continues to be.”  Jeannie enjoyed writing for and working with children’s ministries. Two of her most treasured opportunities occurred in the 1990’s when Gerbert, “the loveable puppet with a Christian message”, was entertaining children on TV and in live audiences. And who better to be cast as Gerbert’s “Aunt Jeannie” than Jeannie Thompson! Jeannie had written more than one hundred 5–minute episodes, which she and Gerbert enacted and recorded — a different story for each day played electronically when children dialed a special phone number. Soon after her husband’s death, Jeannie moved to Carrollton, Texas, where she attended Bent Tree Bible Fellowship and enjoyed working with their highly–acclaimed puppet ministry. In the year 2000, God set Jeannie on a different course, becoming the beloved receptionist for Basic Gospel. Not only did she prove to be a friendly and welcome voice for the ministry, her passion for writing and love of the Gospel made her a uniquely qualified proofreader for the ministry's various resources including several she authored. During her time on staff she spent countless hours republishing her previous books and writing new ones for her favorite audience of all – children. Several months after her first retirement, Jeannie decided that she needed something to do and applied to be a Walmart greeter. Instead, Basic Gospel's Bob Christopher insisted that she take her rightful place at the front desk where she served faithfully until her second retirement in November 2014. Even then she volunteered several times a week and continued to attend Wednesday Bible studies with friends. During this chapter of her life she wrote her last two books, and God said… Let there be donkeys! and When God Tore the Curtain. These included illustrations by her grandson Chris Thompson. Her love of writing knew no bounds as she proved by embracing social media. She began sharing many of her wonderful stories on her blog and Facebook in May of 2016. Jeannie was a light to everyone who met her … knew her … or worked with her and was loved by all. Jeannie knew that joy and contentment in life come only through a relationship with Jesus. Christ in you, the hope of glory, which she is now experiencing in glorious abundance, in the eternal presence of her God and Savior (Colossians 1:27). 

Jeannie is survived by her daughters, Pam Nugent of Abilene, Texas and Mary Thompson of Lewisville, Texas; sons, Doug Thompson and wife, Rochelle of Carrollton, Texas and Rick Thompson of Lewisville, Texas; grandchildren, Stacey Guevara and husband, Matthew of Frisco, Texas, Heather Stringer and husband, Lee of Frisco, Texas, Chris Thompson and wife, Andrea of Plano, Texas, Jon Crosswhite of Las Colinas, Texas, Courtney Brockel and husband, Jesse of Carrollton, Texas, and Ashley Portier and husband, Jeremy of McKinney, Texas; great grandchildren, Allison Breazeale, Aleigha Thompson, Braeden Stringer, Kylie Portier, Kason Stringer, Ian Crosswhite, and Layla Guevara; and numerous other loving family and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wofford Clinton Thompson, Jr. and parents, Ted and Gertrude Bernard. 

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas. A graveside inurnment will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 14, 2019 at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen.

The family would appreciate donations in her name to Basic Gospel Ministries, Lewisville, Texas.

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I was in Mrs. Thompson's third grade class at J.L. Greer-- 'North Ward,' as we called it-- in 1967-68, and it remains my favorite year in school. And that goes for ALL school-- elementary, jr. high, high school, and certainly my college experiences, working full time over 9 years to get a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences. It seems ironic, but math was the one subject in which I got a B on my report card in Mrs. Thompson's class-- my marks were all A's except for one B one six weeks. And it was her inspiration as a teacher that led me to achieve as I never have before or since. It was her further inspiration to encourage good citizenship and character and creativity. She often gave assignments to do whatever we wanted, as long as it had to do with the particular chapter or unit in science, geography or whatever subject was concerned. Most of those assignments with most students ended up being art work; drawings or colorings. While that was true of many of my own, I also got into writing poetry, and she really encouraged that. I do not think I would have continued to develop my poetry if not for that year in school when she gave me a head start, in a way, toward learning how to write in verse. As an aging adult, now almost twice as old as my favorite teacher was when I was in her class, I have been published and have won at least 13 awards in our county poetry society annual contest, and I was even interviewed by Frisco Style Magazine when it was doing an article about Collin County poets. That is just how far an influential teacher who truly conveys love and commitment can propel a kid who had many stubborn and unmotivated years to come. I am thankful to God I was always affected by those earlier years, and without Mrs. Thompson (it is hard to imagine referring to her in any less formal way) my foundation would probably have been faulty enough to fail with the winds and floods of fortune. My prayers are with her family, whom I know she must have inspired many times as much. John Coffey, July 11, 2019 Was there ever a kinder woman??? The fruits of the spirit come to mind with the thoughts of our precious Jeannie. The Holy Spirit certainly displayed each of those fruits daily in the life of Jeannie Thompson. What a blessing to have known Jeannie from the conferences. She was the smile and hug that welcomed each of us into the building. The humbleness of her heart will forever be impressed on me. Her love for Jesus was so evident in her writings, her amazingly wonderful writings. What a darling dear we will miss. And to her beloved family, my heart breaks for each of you. May you be comforted by the memories of the love Jeannie had for each of you. Pam Pettit, June 13, 2019 Aunt Jeannie was wonderful! I hadn’t seen her since I was a little little girl when she attended the church I grew up in. I loved her. She had an old organ in her house and we swam there more than once. She was always so kind and I’m sad she is gone, but so so delighted she is in heaven with our Savior. Emily Minich , June 12, 2019 Jeannie was a friend of mine. She was truly a gift from God. I treasure the conversations we had as we rode to and from Ted and Becky's Bible study in Sachse. She was always a delight and always genuinely interested in me and my family. Her love for Jesus was always on display as she showed that same love to all she knew. To know Jeannie was to be loved by Jeannie and to love her in return. She will be missed. I am ever grateful that she called me her friend. Greg Greg Parke, June 6, 2019 Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jackie Carter, June 5, 2019 The oft used phrase, "I know she is in a better place," was nevermore true than for Jeannie Thompson. She was indeed among the Saints of the Earth, and now is seated with her Lord Jesus in that heavenly place reserved for those who love the Lord and wait eagerly for His coming. Early Sunday morning, He came for Jeannie, and the reward He had planned for her was waiting. Blessings to all of you, her beloved family, of whom and in whom she took great pleasure, and for whom she was so very thankful.. In His love, Bob Davis Bob Davis, June 5, 2019 Dear Family members of my beloved friend Jeannie, I am so happy that I know where Jeannie is and I know that all of you are, too! Please know that I sorrow with you because we who are left behind will miss her beyond my power to express. So let me join you (Doug and Rochelle and your families, Pam and all of her family; Mary and Rick) in your grief. Jeannie was one of the loveliest people I have ever known. With my love, Tanya Stephenson Tanya and Dale Stephenson, June 4, 2019 Doug and Rochelle, so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a light to everyone that knew her. Our prayers go with you. Steve and Linda Dyer
Steve and Lunda dyer, June 4, 2019 "Well done, good and faithful servant! Enter into My rest!" You will be missed, yet never forgotten! See ya soon! Ralph Sykes, June 4, 2019 Pam, I am so sorry to hear about your precious mother. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Denice Burnside Green, June 4, 2019 Sweet Jeannie we will miss your sweet smile & kind words every Sunday. You were always quick with a hug & a smile. You were truly an inspiration to us. We can only imagine the homecoming party that was thrown for you in heaven when you arrived. Blessed to be in the arms of your Savior sweet Jeannie & forever in our hearts. We will see each other again someday. :) Wyatt & Charlene Daniel, June 4, 2019