Friday, October 3, 2003

Ellen Thompson, 96, had deep Ohio roots


Teacher's family goes back to territory days

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Mrs. Thompson

WILMINGTON, Ohio - Ellen Smith Thompson, a former teacher and descendant of pioneers of the Northwest Territory, died Sept. 17 at her home on the family farm in Wilmington. She was 96.

Born in Harveysburg in Warren County in 1907, Mrs. Thompson was a graduate of Kingman (Ohio) High School and Wilmington College (Class of 1929).

She was a member of Alpha Phi Kappa sorority and a teacher in Reesville and Martinsville, Ohio.

Her husband, William Henry Thompson, died in 1982.

Survivors include a daughter, Margaret Guerin Thompson Barns of Anderson Township; two sons, William Patrick Thompson of Anderson Township and Richard Thompson of Wilmington; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services have been held. Burial was at Sugar Grove Cemetery in Wilmington.

Memorials: Chester Township Fire Department, 51 Mound Road, Wilmington, OH 45177; Clinton County Historical Society, 149 E. Locust St., Wilmington, OH 45177; Clinton County Hospital Foundation, 610 W. Main St., Wilmington, OH 45177; or a charity of the donor's choice.

E-mail rgoodman@enquirer.com




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