Helen Joan Thompson


Helen Joan Thompson, 89, Goshen, passed away at 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at Waterford Crossing Health Center.
Joan was born June 29, 1929, near Marshall, Illinois, to Lillie Mae (Marvin) Burns and lived with her grandparents, Ernest William and Lillie Belle Marvin in Marshall, Illinois.
She will forever be remembered by William Lyman Thompson, Goshen, as a devoted wife for nearly 69 years, they were married March 11, 1950 in Marshall; a loving mother to their children, David A. (Karen) Thompson, Morton, Illinois, Phyllis A. (James) Smith, Goshen, and Jodi R. (Ron) Minor, East Peoria, Illinois; a dedicated homemaker and committed Christian caring for others.
She enjoyed preparing for special family celebrations, the fellowship of board games, the challenge of puzzles, quiet time of reading, and the joy of Christian fellowship.
Joan will be fondly remembered by her family of eight grandchildren, Joshua Smith, Atlanta, Georgia, Jason (Andreya) Thompson, Peoria, Illinois, Benjamin Smith, Goshen, Paul (Cheryl) Thompson, Westmont, Illinois, Daniel (Kristy) Thompson, Morton, Illinois, Caleb Smith, Goshen, Gary Shelton, Spring Bay, Illinois and Sara Shelton, East Peoria, Illinois; and her five great-grandchildren, Eli Thompson, Kaitlyn Thompson, Aubrey Thompson, Olivia Thompson, and Finley Thompson.
A memorial celebration of life will be held 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, at Pleasant View Church, 58529 C.R. 23, Goshen, visitation with the family will begin at 2:30 p.m., one hour prior to the service.
A committal service will be planned at a later date to be held in Marshall, Illinois.
Memorial gifts in Joan's honor may be directed to Anabaptist Disabilities Network, 3145 Benham Ave., Suite 5, Elkhart, IN 46517.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 6, 2019
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