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Ruth A Thompson

June 15, 1920 ~ May 13, 2017 (age 96)

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May 18, 2017

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home
1415 Highway 13 North
Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007

Funeral Service
May 19, 2017

2:00 PM
First Lutheran Church of Glenville
140 - 3rd Ave SW
Glenville, Minnesota 56036

Funeral services for Ruth Thompson will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Glenville.  Rev. David Efflandt will officiate.  Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church.  Online condolences are welcome at

Ruth died Saturday, May 13, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Community after a brief stay.

Ruth A Thompson was born June 15, 1920, the daughter of Alfred and Rachel (Hill) Espeland.  She grew up and attended school in Worth County and Glenville.  Ruth was united in marriage to Ellard Thompson in Glenville.  They made their home in rural Glenville where they operated a dairy farm.  She enjoyed working on the dairy farm and being a homemaker.  Ruth had been a member of the Sunset Saddle Club and a 4-H leader.  She was a member at First Lutheran Church in Glenville. Ruth enjoyed traveling, camping, knitting, dancing with the love of her life, spending time with family and friends, and playing Skip Bo. Ruth was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who was cherished and will be missed by all.

Survivors include her sons, Larry (Connie) Thompson of Glenville, Keith (Bobbie) Thompson of Appleton, WI and Terry (Mindi) Thompson of Abilene, TX; grandchildren, Stacie (Dale) Stensrud and Justin (Cassie) Thompson; great-grandchildren Kayln, Brayden (fiancé, Allura), Alahna, Maverick, and Lexus; brother-in-law, Kenneth (Judy) Thompson; and several nieces and nephews. 

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ellard; brother Tolford (Ila Mae) Espeland; sister Mertice (Carl) Schuhmacher; brothers-in-law, Harland (Gladys) Thompson and Maynard Thompson; niece, Pam Jesse, and nephew, Richard Remus.

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