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Norma Jean Thompson, 92, died Easter Sunday, April 1st, 2018, in Chandler. She was born December 26, 1925 in Crooksville, Ohio, to Frank and Cecil Bradshaw. She was recruited to go to nursing school in Washington DC during WWII. She met her husband, Wilford George Thompson, while working as a nurse in Detroit, MI, and was married on June 29, 1950. George was in the Service, so she followed him to Alaska where their first daughter was born. They moved to Wray, Colorado, where three more children were born. In 1963 they moved the family to Mesa where George practiced medicine until 1980. She was a member of P.E.O for over 60 years in Wray, Mesa, Sierra Vista, and Sun Lakes. They traveled to many places around the world, including Ethiopia, Algeria, Egypt, Nepal, India, Indonesia, Bali, Guam, China, and Bhutan. They retired to Sierra Vista in 1987, and lived there until returning in 2002 to live in Sun Lakes. They were married for 63 years until George's death in 2013.
Jean is survived by daughters Sue (Mic) Hunt, Janet (Les) Bastman, Peg (Jim) McConnell, son Craig (Rhonda) Thompson, M.D., grandchildren Chris (Michelle) Hunt, Don Nelson, Cole Bastman, Lacey Bastman, Tyler (Michelle) McConnell, Jameson McConnell, Victoria McConnell, and 14 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her husband, George, and one great-grandchild.
No services are planned, but in lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Family Comfort Hospice, 7975 N. Hayden Rd., A-200, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (www.familycomforthospice.com), or to The Salvation Army. Condolences may be left at Buelermortuary.com.
Published on April 13, 2018
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