Velma E. Thompson

Velma E. Thompson, 94, of Jersey Shore, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Jersey Shore ManorCare.

She was born Nov. 26, 1919, in Loganton, the daughter of Dalfus and Bess (Gramley) Tibbens.

Velma was the wife of the late Kenneth C. Thompson, with whom she shared 65 years of marriage prior to his passing in 2003.

She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Jersey Shore and for over 50 years a member of the Ivanhoe Chapter 28 Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member and past president of the Jersey Shore Garden Club where, over the years, she was awarded many first-place and best-of-show ribbons for her designs. She was an accomplished artist who enjoyed her family and loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are four daughters, Carol (Abe) Taylor, of Jersey Shore, Jean (Jon) Hart, of Claremont, Calif., Margaret (Dale) Heggenstaller, of Rauchtown, and Sandra Thompson, of San Antonio, Texas; five grandchildren, Sue Ann Aughinbaugh, Wade Heggenstaller, Lacey Nearhoof, Esam Chaouachi and Christopher Chaouachi; six great-grandchildren, Amelia Buckingham, Olivia Nearhoof, Isaiah Nearhoof, Wesley Nearhoof, Rachel Heggenstaller and Cordell Heggenstaller; and three great-great-grandchildre Corbin Buckingham, Emma Buckingham and Taylor Dick.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Barbara Joan Thompson, and three brothers, George, Donald and Vance Tibbens.

Relative and friends are invited to Velma’s Life Celebration service to be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 1407 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, with Rev. Helen M. Learn officiating. A visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church Wednesday. Interment will be in Jersey Shore cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, family members suggest memorial contributions made to the Trinity United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are being handled by the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home Ltd., “A Life Celebration Home,” 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore.

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