Artha Lee Thompson
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Artha Lee Thompson, passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital on Dec. 7, 2010. She was 85.
She was born in Sugar Grove, Ohio on Feb. 22, 1925. She relocated to Colorado in 1970, where she resided until her death.
Artha’s survivors include one sister, Rose Unsworth of Calif.; four daughters; Linda LaPlante of Hawaii, Brenda Thompson of Mont., Cinda Erickson of Colorado and Rhonda Hunter of Colorado; one son-in-law, Will LaPlante; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, niece Jan Detweiler of Colorado, and many other relatives California, Arizona and Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Ruth Rush and Mary Detweiler, both from Ohio.
Artha lived a full life which included many activities and hobbies.
Artha was a very strong athlete, playing women’s basketball while attending Sugar Grove High School. She later played first base and was a catcher for the team “The Amazons,” which was part of the Woman’s Baseball League during WWII. She was an avid bowler, bowling semi-pro for almost a decade.
She was a strong influence in her children’s and grandchildren’s interests in sports, often whooping their butts on a regular basis at a little game of one on one. She enjoyed almost anything that included being outdoors, yet she’d not turn down a chance to play bingo. Mostly you could find Artha glued to the TV armchair coaching any NBA game.
Artha worked many occupations, most being of service to others. She retired from the Rifle P.D. holding the position of 911 Dispatcher. After retirement she worked for the Department of Parks and Recreation at the Rifle Falls. She volunteered several years at the Rifle Information Center and Hunter’s tent, where she enjoyed sharing to visitors her knowledge of Rifle and the surrounding areas.
She was very active in the community. You would often find her as a judge for the Garfield County Parade, the Chamber’s Chili Cook-off or judging the apple pies at Rifle’s Apple Pie days.
We will be holding a Celebration of Life for friends of Artha, on Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. The Basecamp Restaurant has donated their Banquet room for a coffee open house atmosphere.
The family asks because of the hard economic times, that you not send flowers or cards.
The family will be setting up a fund where donations can be given and a donation forwarded to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
Artha’s smile lit up a room, was a friend to all, and will be missed by many.
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