Shirley Thompson

Shirley Thompson

Monday, July 12th, 1926 Monday, January 13th, 2020

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Obituary for Shirley Marie Thompson (Rodenhizer)

July 12, 1926 to January 13, 2020
On Monday, January 13, 2020, Shirley Marie Thompson, 93, wife of the late John Wesley Thompson passed away after a short battle with Dementia at Maplewood Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Springfield, Missouri.
Shirley was born on July 12, 1926, in Power Lakes, North Dakota, to Ellis and Anna (Mollgaard) Rodenhizer. She graduated from Powers Lake, North Dakota High School and Central Bible Institute in Springfield, Missouri. She married John Wesley Thompson on December 28, 1949, in Springfield, Missouri, at Central Assembly of God. John and Shirley pastored numerous churches across America over their 50 years of ministry together. Depending on each church’s needs, Shirley held many different positions such as John’s secretary, Child Care Director, Church pianist/organist, and Sunday School teacher. Even after John passed away, she remained vibrant in her desire to minister to others. For example, she often would bake cookies and take them to someone in need, as well as, visit and pray with them. She continued to be involved in activities at Central Assembly of God and at Maranatha Village where she resided for over the past 10 years. She was a long-standing member of Central Assembly of God.
Shirley was a Godly example for her children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends. She will be remembered for being a prayer warrior, a woman of integrity and wise counsel, a trustworthy confidant, a great sense of humor, and a loyal friend.
Shirley is survived by her children ~ Sheryl Pastorek (Jim), Janice Slivon, and Stephen (Mary) Thompson; her grandchildren ~ Jonathan (Jon) Pastorek, Sarah Slivon, Sydney (Nikki) Thompson, and Cole Thompson; her brother, Bruce Rodenhizer of Mesa, Arizona; sister-in-law, Vivian (Earl) Rodenhizer, of Chicago, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her husband, John; two brothers ~ Earl Rodenhizer and Wilbert Rodenhizer; and a sister, Lucille Slotsve.
A visitation will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Central Assembly of God Church. The funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Central Assembly of God Church. There will be no gravesite service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Central Assembly of God 1301 N. Boonville Springfield, MO 65802
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    Springfield, Missouri
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    Saturday, January 18th, 2020
    2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Church Service

    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Central Assembly of God-Chapel, 1301 N. Boonville Springfield, MO 65802
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    Springfield, Missouri
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    Saturday, January 18th, 2020
    Dr. Jim Bradford
    Rev. David A. Jayne
    Rev. David Ringer
  • Interment

    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 |
    Greenlawn Memorial Gardens
    3506 N. National Ave
    Springfield, Missouri
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    Saturday, January 18th, 2020

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Larry Bratvold

When I met Shirley a few days before her 93rd birthday I was amazed at her vitality, I was drawn in by the warmth of her character, and I was inspired by her love for the Lord. I also was shocked to find out she and I were born in the same tiny little town of Powers Lake, North Dakota (albeit 24 years apart). To Cheryl, Jan and Stephen, although my interactions with your mother and the three of you occurred over a relatively short period of time, I am blessed to have had the privilege of sharing this season of your family's life with all of you, especially your amazing, sweet and loving mother. Based upon what I observed of your family, I know you have a treasury of wonderful memories and the absolute assurance that you three will be together with your father and mother to share times of rejoicing with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ "soon and very soon."
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Roger Slotsve

Condolences to all of the Thompson family. My memories go back a long ways, as my mother was Shirley's oldest sibling. All memories are of a wonderful women. She will be missed by all.
Comment | Posted at 05:36pm via Condolence

Bonnie Black

Sending our deepest sympathy. I have so many fond and loving memories of Aunt Shirley and Uncle John. I’m so grateful for all of the times our families were together. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Love, Bonnie & Ken Black & Family
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Merna Cox

Sincere sympathy in the loss of your loved one. From her cousin Merna and Bob Cox in Nova Scotia
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