August 19, 1939 ~ November 30, 2009
Georgia Rose Thompson
August 19, 1939 - November 30, 2009
The Thompson family sadly regrets to inform you of the passing of beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend Georgia Rose Thompson. She died peacefully and free of pain in her own home with her family by her side after her 4th courageous battle with breast cancer at age 70. Dennis, her husband of 51years, was holding her hand and the entire family was by her side as she slowly and peacefully took her last breath as the song "Georgia On My Mind" played quietly in the background. As we all know her to have been a truly remarkable woman, her graceful passing was of course no different. She was in no pain and had to take no medications and left us with her beautiful head of hair, just as she had wanted. Praise God!
Georgia was born on August 19, 1939 to George and Rose Jessen on a rural farm near Luverne, MN. She was Homecoming Queen and Girl's State at Jasper High, and married her sweetheart, Dennis at age 18. After moving to California in 1957, she briefly worked for SCE until her 3 children were born when she stayed home to raise them. She was active in PTA and later became a Resource Assistant for TUSD where she retired after 24 years. In her retirement, Georgia became even more active in many philanthropic organizations, including her Church, Choir, BSF Bible Study, Bowling League, and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Helping others was what she loved best, and she happily served on the Torrance Memorial Auxiliary, and was slated to serve as VP, then President, in the next two years. Though her social calendar was extremely full, she never hesitated to make time for her family and friends. She was known as a pillar of strength to many, always had a smile, had a great sense of humor, a wonderful marriage, and gave fabulous advice.
She is survived by her husband Dennis Dayton Thompson, son Scott Thompson & his wife Shirley of Cathedral City, son Jeff Thompson & his wife Cheri of Corona, and daughter Dena Rose Azzolin & her husband David of Beaumont. She had 7 beloved Grandchildren: Dayton, Taylor, Dillon, Cassandra, Brian, Alexa, and Christopher. She is also survived by family in Minnesota and New Jersey, including sisters Judy, Jean, Eileen, Gerri, & Jolene.
Donations can be made on her behalf to the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation at UCLA Research (310)206-0675 or to Immanuel Lutheran Church, the church that brought her peace and strength for over 40 years. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 12 at 11:00 am. at Immanuel Lutheran Church 706 Knob Hill, Redondo Beach, 90278. Georgia will later be interned at Jasper Cemetery in Jasper, Minnesota.
She will be dearly missed to all who knew and loved her.
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