FORT DODGE — A nature-loving horsewoman in her teens, a farm and Army wife in her 20s, the busy mom of four by her 30s, then — for six more loving decades — a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, neighbor, confidante and inspirer: Eunice Arlene Atwell Thompson was an original.
Born north of Plano to Laten and Georgia Morlan Atwell on March 18, 1921, she joined six older siblings — Louva (Ferren), Luella (Dixon), Ivan, Elma (Davison), Emmons and Merrill. She fell in love with the tall, dark and handsome Carl Thompson when his brother Don and her niece Wanda arranged a surprise blind date. Married in 1941, she and Carl celebrated 67 years before his passing in 2009. Promise City was their home until 2005, when they moved to the Deer Creek community in Fort Dodge. Her signature energy, amazing memory, sense of humor and compassion were with her until she passed July 8, 2014, at the age of 93.
Among the many celebrating her presence on this earth are her four children and their partners; Gary and Jacque Thompson of Carlsbad, California; Marilyn and Bob Monteith of Fort Dodge; Carla Carwile and Al Williams of Lakewood, Colorado; and Sue and Mark Milonas of Oskaloosa. Sharing her heart and colorful, hand-crocheted afghans are six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; Chris Thompson; Angie and Jeff Loney, Noelle, Baylor and Ainsley; Jeff and Jenny Monteith, Easton and Dawson; Kate and Dmitri Atrash, Lily and Lorelai; Alicia and Josh Christensen and Kolby; and Zach Milonas. A seventh grandchild, Kristen Monteith, preceded her passing. Her sisters-in-law, Dorothy Thompson and Wanda Thompson, survive her, the circle of nieces and nephews stretches wide, and her friends are beyond number.
Memorial services will be held at a later time. The Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Fort Dodge are in charge of arrangements.