Funeral services for Glenda Ruth Welch Thompson, 92, Van, were held Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Van United Methodist Church with Rev. Mark McClanahan and Prissy Grace officiating. Burial followed at Fairway Garden of Memories Cemetery.
She was born Jan. 30, 1925 in Dekalb to T. C. and Lula Welch. After graduating as the valedictorian from Dekalb High School, she attended East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce where she met her future husband W. H. (Harpy) Thompson.
She and Harpy married in 1944 and she worked in an ordinance plant in Anniston, Ala. until Harpy, a U. S. Marine, was shipped overseas during World War II, after which she returned to Dekalb and worked as a secretary at the Red River Arsenal in New Boston.
After the war the Thompsons moved to Van to teach in the Van ISD, where she taught physical education for a year. The couple was blessed with two children, Beverly, born in 1947, and Brenda, born in 1949.
In 1952, after the death of her father, Mrs. Thompson’s mother moved to Van and she and her mother opened and operated a dress shop, “Glenda’s”, in downtown Van until it was destroyed by fire in December1967.
In 1969 she went back to college and received a master’s degree in elementary education. She taught in Canton for one year and then moved to a fourth grade teaching position in Van where she remained until her retirement in 1988.
At Van United Methodist Church she served as president and treasurer of Methodist Women and taught Sunday school. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was an active member of the Van Chamber of Commerce and Van Kiwanis, coordinating the Kiwanis flag program for many years. She was an avid bridge player and was a member of the Van Duplicate Bridge Club. She served as Van’s 1997 Lady of Yesteryear.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilburn Harpy Thompson in 1990.
She is survived by her daughters, Beverly Ann Thompson Rodgers and husband Tom Rodgers of Van and Brenda Thompson Fletcher and husband Danny Fletcher of Austin; grandchildren, Tracy Elaine Rodgers Thornton and husband Dale Thornton of Austin, Chad Fletcher and wife Jennifer of Austin, and Cameron Fletcher of Austin; and great-grandchildren Kinley and Carley Thornton of Austin and Arial Fletcher of Austin.
Members of the Colfax Lodge #904 of Van served as pallbearers.