Billie Raeola Johnson Thompson, 87, passed away December 15, 2020 in Richfield. She was born December 29, 1932 in Annabella, to William and Theo Barnett Johnson. She married James Ardell Thompson on July 3, 1950 Richfield. The marriage was solemnized in the Manti Temple on June 14, 1964. She will forever hold Ardell’s heart. Sweethearts for 70 plus years, they still held hands wherever they went. Their's is a true and eternal love story that will carry on.
Billie was a beloved and wonderful mother who loved her children fiercely. When most hear the name Billie Thompson, "Feisty" comes to mind. Small but mighty, Billie mothered her children lovingly, and they always knew she had their back. You made your bed every morning and learned to mind your manners. High school diplomas were a must, and you could be anything you wanted to be.
Billie was a beautiful grandma to many grands, greats, and great-greats. She loved being a grandma and was so proud of that title. She was always scheming about who would be having the next baby in the family, giving her more. She loved them all so dearly.
Billie loved her Heavenly Father and served in many callings in her church. The most fondly talked about by many are Primary teacher and scout leader. Billie was also a teacher's aid at Ashman Elementary for 19 years and touched many lives by teaching in all these positions. You wear a badge of honor if you were taught by Sister/Mrs. Thompson.
Billie devoted an endless amount of time and energy to genealogy. Hours and hours were spent researching and recording her family's history and when you stopped by for a visit you could always find her in her office (computer room) typing away on her computer. Once you married into the family, your family's work also got done. She worked tirelessly tracking down pictures and stories to go along with her work. She has left behind an amazing treasure and wealth of information for her family. If she knew who you were, then you are probably in one her famous scrapbooks somewhere.
Billie will be missed by all who knew and loved her. We will continue to rejoice and celebrate her life here on earth, knowing we will unite with her again someday as an eternal family.
Survived by her husband, Ardell; children: Patty (Layne) Ruff, Riverton; Kevon Thompson, and Tommy (Sheri) Thompson, both of Richfield; 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Powell (Kaye) Johnson, Murray. Preceded in death by her parents; 2 sisters and 6 brothers.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 12:00 Noon in the Magleby Mortuary Chapel, where friends may call from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Monroe City Cemetery. Live streaming of the services and online guestbook can be found at www.maglebymortuary.com under Billie’s obituary. Due to COVID-19 all attendees must wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.