A Celebration of Life Service for Vesta Thompson, 98, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 28, 2020 in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Thompson passed away peacefully at 8:45 p.m., Monday, February 24, 2020 at West Vue Nursing Center.
She was born April 25, 1921, in Oregon County, Missouri, to Randle Jolliff and Ida Nichols Jolliff. On December 22, 1938, she was married at Alton, Missouri, to Charles LeRoy Thompson, who preceded her in death on February 22, 1989. In her early life, Mrs. Thompson earned the distinction as an All-Star Volleyball player at the Thomasville High School. During their early years of marriage, Vesta and Charles owned and operated the County Line Country Store and before her retirement, Vesta worked at various retail and office jobs in West Plains, including A.W. Landis Abstract Company, Howell County Clerk’s office and West Plains Savings & Loan. She was a member of the Elk Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church where she was a long time Youth Sunday School Teacher and the church’s pianist.
She is survived by her son, Ron Thompson and wife, Joyce, West Plains, Missouri; two grandchildren, Travis Thompson, Overland Park, Kansas and Kimberly Bontrager and husband, Justyn, West Plains; one special brother-in-law, Benny Barham; one sister-in-law, Marilee Jolliff; and many nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husband and her sisters and brothers, Bertha Walker, Berta Frazier, Barbara Barham, Marilyn Hood, Clyda Henbest, Lloyd Jolliff and Wayne Jolliff, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Thompson will lie in state from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m., Thursday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m., Friday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. A private burial will be in the Elk Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Elk Creek Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.