Dolores Jean (Gwartney) Thompson (February 11, 1932- September 14, 2017) died surrounded by loving family after a short acute illness and several years bravely dealing with Parkinson's.
Dolores Jean (Gwartney) Thompson (February 11, 1932- September 14, 2017) died surrounded by loving family after a short acute illness and several years bravely dealing with Parkinson’s.
Dolores was born at home in Easton, Kansas to James R. Gwartney and Gladys Freedle Gwartney and was the eldest of the three children. Dolores grew up with siblings, Jim and Shirley living near her grandparents. She lived most of her life on the ancestral family farm north of Leavenworth. Dolores attended a one room school near her home, Oak Hill School, District 11 and graduated from Easton High School class of 1949, attended Ottawa University, and graduated from Saint Mary’s College, 1965. She married her high school sweetheart, Gene Thompson December 22, 1951, and joined him at his Marine Station in Paris Island, South Carolina. On Gene’s release from the Marines, they returned to live in the area. Her husband remodeled the one room schoolhouse on Millwood Road, which remained their home until 1970. They moved to their final home on Millwood Road residing there 46 years of their 65 married years.
Dolores, an elementary teacher taught at Winchester School, Potter School, Salt Creek Valley, and retired in 1994. Dolores and Gene lovingly cared for daughter Janice, who preceded her in death in 2005.
Dolores attended Easton Baptist Church until it closed and was a life member of the First Baptist Church of Leavenworth where she and Gene were active in the bus ministry. She enjoyed teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.
Dolores and Gene enriched the community with many friendships of all ages. Dolores had pictures of family and friends adorning their home and enjoyed dinners with family and friends at their home where everyone always felt welcomed and loved. Dolores was kind, selfless, forgiving and generous with time and talents. She attended Bible studies and enjoyed quilting, gardening, reading, visiting friends and traveling to visit relatives. Parkinson’s led to her declining health and grandson Jeffrey moved, overseeing their care, making it possible for them to live in their home for several years as her health declined.
Dolores and Gene moved to Oklahoma in the past year for their daughter to oversee their care. Dolores died peacefully with family present at Integris Hospice House.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Shirley Morehead, daughter Janice, and grandson Michael. Dolores is survived by husband Gene, brother James (Amy) Gwartney, Tallahassee, Florida, daughter Cheryl Hooper (Mike Evans) Edmond, Oklahoma, grandson Jeffrey Hooper, Edmond, Oklahoma, granddaughter Trish (Richard) Moran and two great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many loving friends and neighbors.
Visitation will be at Davis Funeral Chapel, 531 Shawnee St, Leavenworth, Kansas on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. and funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church, 340 N 13th St, Leavenworth, Kansas, Monday at 10 a.m. with burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Easton, Kansas. Memorials in her honor can be made to the First Baptist Church, 340 N 13th St, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Arrangements entrusted to Davis Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be left on Dolores’s online guestbook at www.davisfuneralchapelinc.com