Hazel Louella Gann Thompson, 75, went to be with the Lord on December 20, 2008, at Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, Missouri, following a long illness.
She leaves behind her devoted husband of 58 years, Wilburn Thompson of Cabool, Missouri. She is also survived by her loving children, Larry Thompson and wife Denise of Houston, Missouri, Judy Beth Flageolle and husband Hank of Mansfield, Missouri, and Randy Thompson and wife Janene of Cabool. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Angie Barnes, husband Kirk and their children, Randon Brown and Kamryn and Jadyn Barnes of Licking, Missouri, Marla Pattee and husband William Pattee of St. Robert, Missouri, Jason Thompson, serving in the U.S. Army in Mosul, Iraq, and wife Tammy of Ft. Hood, Texas, Christopher Flageolle, wife Mandy, and daughter Megan of Gardner, Kansas, and Zachery Flageolle of Mansfield. Her surviving siblings include Walter Gann and wife Sharon of Marshfield, Missouri, Virginia Burley and husband Earl of Lansing, Michigan, Joanna Graves and husband Elmer of House Springs, Missouri, and sister-in-law Mary Ellen Gann of Cabool.
Hazel joins in heaven her father, Samuel Preston Gann; her mother, Jessie Myrtle Christeson Gann; three brothers, Dale, Orville and Connie Gann; one infant sister, Emily Ruth Gann; a granddaughter, Nicole Beth Flageolle; a great-granddaughter, Alexis Nicole Flageolle; and one daughter-in-law, Janice Thompson.
Born March 18, 1933 in Bloodland, Missouri, Hazel was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend. Even though an auto accident in 1958 left her with a permanent walking disability, it never slowed her down from serving her family, her God and her community. Everyone knew that all day on Sundays and on Wednesday nights you would find Hazel at Simmons Baptist Church, where she was a charter member. Her son-in-law, Hank, would tease her about being a staunch Democrat as she served as a Cass Township Committee Woman and a Democrat election judge for 30 years.
She had many talents that she used over the years. Her love of sewing was used to help clothe her children as they were growing up. For many years, her love of writing shined in the articles she wrote for the Cabool Enterprise newspaper. She made sure that she kept abreast of all of the local news as she devotedly read the paper on a weekly basis. As she worked around her home, she enjoyed listening to local radio stations and was sure to call in as soon as possible for their “giveaways.” When she was the lucky caller, she was sure to share her winnings with her family and friends. As a member of Rocky Branch Club, she was committed to attending as many meetings as possible. One of her utmost joys was listening to her husband, Wilburn, play his guitar and singing with his band as they performed for various events in the area. She also enjoyed dancing to the melody and visiting with those who came to enjoy the music.
To know Hazel was to love her. She embraced everyone with love and compassion. Her devotion to God, her husband and family were the core of her being. She loved and nurtured them throughout her life and they, in turn, were blessed to be able to nurture her in the last months of her life. Although she didn’t say a lot during her illness, her beautiful blue eyes would light up and shine when her family would come to visit her. She will be sorely missed by her family, extended family and friends. Her laugh and her smile will always be in their memories and their hearts. When they think of her, they will smile as they know that she is in Heaven joyfully singing and dancing and that one day they will be blessed as she meets them when they join her again as they enter Heaven’s gates.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 23, 2008, at Simmons Baptist Church near Cabool. Pallbearers were Christopher Flageolle, Zachery Flageolle, Kirk Barnes, Jim Wilson, Mike Lunbeck and William Pattee. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Thompson, Randy Thompson and Hank Flageolle. Internment was in Murphy Cemetery, Cabool, under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.
Memorial contributions/donations may be made in Hazel’s name to Murphy Cemetery.