Helen Ann Thompson 76, of Farwell, MI formerly of St. Johns died Saturday, October 27, 2018 with her loving husband and family by her side, after a courageous battle with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.
Helen was born July 19, 1942 in St. Johns, Michigan to Albert and Wilma May (Kieffer) Malek. She was adopted and raised by Parley and Jennie (Howard) Gardner. Helen graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School with the class of 1960 and married Harry Thompson July 1, 1961 in St. Johns, and he survives her. Helen is also survived by her children; daughter, Coby Thompson, and son, Chad (Theresa) Thompson, grandchildren; Chelsie, Zachary, Makenzy, Jaden and Haden, great grandchildren; Bailey, William, Lexi and Aiden. Her Siblings; Dan Malek, Chuck Malek, Albert Malek, John Malek, Carol Reed, Cathy Louise Barone, Bob Dale Westphal and Chris Malek, as well as her many cousins, nieces and nephews. Helen was predeceased by her siblings; Lorena Mae Patterson, David Lee Malek, Wilma May Jones, Larry Malek and Clare Malek.
Helen worked for 18 years at the former Andy’s IGA in St. Johns, where she was an assistant manager. She then went to work for State Farm Insurance for over 10 years, first for Ron Henning in St. Johns and then in Okemos for Betty Guenther. Helen enjoyed collecting antiques, little chairs, Christmas plates and baskets; at one time she had over 300 baskets in her collection. She enjoyed being with people and was involved in bowling and pool leagues around St. Johns for many years. First and foremost, Helen cherished time spent with family, especially on camping and fishing trips and being together at the holidays. Her presence will be deeply missed.
A time of remembrance and a celebration of Helen’s life will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 2-6 PM with a dinner from 3-5 PM at the VFW Post #4113, 2497 Old U.S. 27, St. Johns, MI 48879. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to cover medical expenses. The family was assisted with these arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, 1500 Waterford Parkway St. Johns, MI 48879, (989) 224-4422.
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