Norma Thompson

Norma Thompson

Norma Thompson

BLOOMINGTON — Norma P. Thompson, 90, of Bethany, formerly of Bloomington, passed away at 8:15 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 1, 2019) in her home.

Celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Dr. Charles Witte officiating. Entombment will be in Park Hill Mausoleum, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the memorial home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.

She was born Nov. 27, 1929, in Hudson, the daughter of George and Kathryn Staser Bryant. Norma was a homemaker, was a 1947 graduate of Bloomington High School where she was a member of the first Acapella Choir, and sang in the Bloomington-Normal Mothers Singers.

She married Robert L. “Bob” Thompson on Feb. 5, 1955, in Peoria, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 5, 2011. After getting married, she and her husband farmed west of Bloomington for 34 years. In 1986, they moved their farming operation to the Bethany area. Norma also owned and operated The Ole House antique store in rural Bethany for several years.

Survivors include her children, Steven Lee (Deborah) Mehlberg, Bloomington; Bruce Lee Thompson, Sullivan; and Judy Lee Thompson, Bethany; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Jeanne Thompson, Normal; stepsister, Karen (Ed) VanHook, Bloomington; and stepbrother, Phillip Westfall, Danvers.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Clarence Westfall; husband; two sons, Richard and Michael; one great-grandson, Devon; infant brother, Billy; and brother, James Lee Bryant.

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