Phyllis R. (Gordon) Thompson

Phyllis R. Gordon-Thompson, 75, of Hettinger, N.D. was welcomed home Oct. 3, 2012 to be with her family in heaven at Western Horizon’s Care Center in Hettinger.

Phyllis R. (Gordon) Thompson

Posted October 12, 2012

Memorial Service for Phyllis was held Oct. 6, 2012 at the Hettinger Lutheran Church. Rev. Kathleen Dettmann officiated and a Spring Burial will take place at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery

Honorary casket bearers were Alice and Delbert Woodley, Sandy and Howard Nelson, Mary and Melvin Eggebo, Isabel and Dorwin Howe, Oray Austin and all nephews and nieces.

Phyllis was the youngest of 13 children born to Harley and Josephine Gordon on a farmstead near Regent, N.D, on Feb. 27, 1937. She was orphaned as a young child and raised by her siblings in various rural areas of North and South Dakota. She graduated from Deadwood High School in 1955, returning to Hettinger to work as a nurse’s aide at the Hettinger Hospital.

Phyllis and Roger Thompson were united in marriage May 19, 1956. They resided on a farm southwest of Hettinger raising four children. In 1990 Roger and Phyllis moved to Haynes, N.D. were she was active on the Haynes City Council.

Phyllis enjoyed family, friends, cooking, and was well known for her canned pickles, caramels, and delightful baking/culinary skills. She also enjoyed gardening, playing cards, and making jewelry, as well as participating in WELCA, and volunteering at the Clothes Closet. Since Phyllis’s move to Western Horizon’s Care Center in 2011, the staff provided love and support while the activities enriched her life during her stay.

Grateful for having shared her life are three daughters, Cheryl Thompson, Hettinger, N.D.; Scotti (Charles) Larson, McVille, N.D. and Shelly (Dennis) Clontz, Clinton, Utah; one son, Don (Michele) Thompson, Napoleon, N.D.; four grandchildren, Erin Larson, Grand Forks, N.D.; Danielle (Shannon) Rosewaren, Carrington, N.D.; Kelly Larson, McVille, N.D. and Kyle Clontz, Brigham City, Utah; two great- grandchildren, Brianna and Hayley Rosewaren, Carrington, N.D.; one sister, Fern Moe Spearfish, S.D. and numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Josephine and Harley Gordon, nine brothers, two sisters, and husband Roger. Condolences to the Thompson family can be sent through ourwebsite at

Evanson Jensen Funeral Home, Hettinger, N.D. was in charge of arrangements.


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