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Helen E. Thompson

d. August 17, 2017


Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Vandalia.
Officiating: Rev. Joel Montgomery.
Music: Joy Davis - organist.
Interment: the Vandalia Cemetery
Pallbearers: Wesley Newland, Peter Thompson, Samuel Thompson, Jesse Thompson, Tyler Thompson and Larry Finley.

Helen Emma Jean (Myrick) Thompson passed away at 2:05 p.m. on Thursday August 17, 2017 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia. She was born in St. Charles and later moved with her family to a farm near Curryville. Helen was a 1938 Bowling Green High School graduate and later attended Miss Hickey's Secretarial School in St. Louis. Helen worked as the secretary to the Extension Service Agent and Farm Bureau and then briefly worked for Missouri State Senator Edward Long. She then worked in the McIlroy and Long Law Office and spent a number of years as a secretary at the Ralston Purina Company in St. Louis. After marriage, she moved to the Vandalia-Middletown area where she became a homemaker. Helen was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church where she served as an elder and Sunday School teacher and was active in the Ruth Circle. She was also a member of Chapter CE PEO and the St. Cecilia Music Club. Helen enjoyed sewing, gardening, canning, writing and painting and stayed socially linked with many friends and family on Facebook.

Born: January11, 1921 in St. Charles County the daughter of Ernest Barnes and Ruth Rebecca (Studer) Myrick.

Married: James William "Bob" Thompson on October15, 1955 in St. Louis; he preceded her in death on February11, 2005.

Survivors include: one daughter, Lisa A. Newland, and husband, Terry, of Vandalia; one son, Craig M. Thompson, and wife, Karen, of Joplin; one brother, William Myrick, and wife, Eva, of Pea Ridge, Arkansas; eight grandchildren, Amy (Brad Ward) Newland, Betsy (Larry) Finley, Wesley (Amy) Newland, Peter (Jordan) Thompson, Samuel Thompson, Jesse (Alissa) Thompson, Emma Thompson, and Tyler Thompson; four great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Bob; one brother, Robert Myrick and two sisters: Ernestine Wallace and June Nolan; one grandson, James William Newland.

Memorials are encouraged to the First Presbyterian Church, P O Box 240, Vandalia, Missouri 63382.

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