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Mary Jean Thompson, 69

Mary Jean (Bruvold) Thompson, age 69, passed away the afternoon of Dec. 17, 2003 at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center, following a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Her optimistic and upbeat attitude was with her throughout her struggle. She was able to bring smiles and laughs to others where they were least expected.

Mary was born April 8, 1934, in Sheridan County, Montana, near the now ghost town of Comertown. She was the youngest of 14 children or Peder Bruvold, who died several months before she was born.

Her mother Mary Inga Bruvold moved the family to Douglas County, Minn., to be near her mother and brother, Rikka and Jacob Olson Quindlog of Holms City.

Mary Jean grew up in Kensington, Minn., always active and friendly. She graduated from Kensington High School.

In May of 1955 she married Herbert Thompson. They adopted and raised two children, Robbi and Jacki. Initially living in Minneapolis, they moved briefly to Glenwood, and finally Howard Lake. Mary and Herb divorced in 1990.

Mary spent several years with special friend Warren Koenig, enjoying summers in Howard Lake and Longville, and winters in Arizona with both friends and family.

After Warren's death, Mary began attending several seniors' dances where she made many good friends. Through these dances Mary met another special friend, Bud Thompson, who brightened the last several months of her life.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, half-brother Ernest, brother Renold, half-sisters Hazel, Nan, and Vicky, sisters Pearl, Yvonne, and Janice, and special friend Warren Koenig.

She is survived by son Robbi, his wife Carmen, and their children Calli and Erik of Lake Elmo; her daughter Jakki Krause and husband Roger, and their children Zachary Risnes, Michael, and Jennifer of Buffalo.

She is further survived by half-brother Woodrow of California and Hawaii; brother Peder and wife Emily of Wahpeton, N.D. and Green Valley, Ariz.; sister Mabel "Mimi" Arnold of Palo Alto, Calif.; sister Emma Williams of Eugene, Ore.; sister Beatrice Kotz and husband Arthur of White Bear Lake; and her special friend Lloyd "Bud" Thompson of Paynesville, who never failed to bring a smile to her face and stayed with her to the end.

Mary was the kind of person who always seemed to know that everyone loved her and she eagerly loved them back. She enjoyed playing cards, traveling, dancing, and was well-known for always having a new joke to tell. Her joy in life seemed to be found in making new friends and bringing smiles and laughter to everyone she met.

Funeral services for Mary Jean Bruvold Thompson were Monday, Dec. 22, 2003 at 10 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with the Rev. Joel Swedberg and the Rev. Mark Winther officiating.

Music was provided by Patricia Munson and Jon Benson.

Casketbearers were Dale Barth, Russel Gausman, Ernie Johnson, Dennis Massey, Doug Ouverson, and Zachary Risnes.

Interment was at Solem Church Cemetery in Kensington, Minn.

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