In memory of
Frances Thompson
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In memory of
Frances Thompson
Frances Louise Thompson 1927 - 2017 Frances Louise Thompson passed away peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by her loving family on March 11, 2017, after a two and a half year battle with cancer. She was 89. Louise, as she liked to be called, was born December 10, 1927 to Robert Benjamin and Dora Lee (Patterson) Porter in Abilene, Texas. She had three loving sisters: Juanita Himpel, Mary Boozer and Patricia Porter who have also passed. She graduated from high school in Vancouver, Washington, in 1945. Per her oldest friend Louise, she was known as a fast runner, quite often beating the boys. Preceded in death in 2015 by the love of her life, Fred Thompson, they were married in Vancouver, Washington on Christmas Day, 1947. They had three children: Ginger Freeman, Robert "Bob" Thompson (deceased in 1988) and Lloyd Thompson. She had five grandchildren: Sheila Freeman, Tricia Freeman (deceased in 1993), Dawn Scheirman, Rani Crenshaw and Jerame Thompson and three great-granddaughters. Moving to Eugene in 1959, she and Fred lived in the same home for over 50 years, establishing good rapport with their neighbors. She will be remembered by her family for organizing many family Barbecues, featuring generous portions of family love. She and Fred were founding members of the Riviera Baptist Church on River Road. Her favorite songs were "How Beautiful Heaven Must Be." and "You Are My Sunshine." Louise's favorite singer was Roy Acuff. Louise proudly worked as a housekeeper at Sacred Heart Hospital for 23 years. Upon retirement, she and Fred drove throughout the United States, visiting nearly all the states. As Country Western lovers, they made 8 trips to Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry, which was their favorite vacation spot. Her interests included a passion for country western music, keeping informed on the local and national news, watching her favorite game show, the Price is Right, reading mystery books, crossword puzzles and travel. A skilled correspondent and writer; she wrote letters to family and childhood friends and composed many poems, leaving behind a large collection for her family. She loved her gardening and sunflowers, which became her trademark. Her house was filled with sunflower-themed collectables, travel souvenirs and framed family pictures. A strong, soft-spoken woman, she will be remembered by family and friends as the sweetest, most caring person, not afraid to speak her mind. Memorial Services will be held at Springfield Memorial Gardens at 3PM on Friday, March, 17th, followed by a reception at Riviera Baptist Church, 3071 River Road, Eugene. There will also be a Visitation at the Gardens from 3-7 PM on Thursday, March, 16th
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