Helen Garnett (Stewart) Thompson, 98, died Sept. 9, 2014, surrounded by family at her home in Zionsville.. Thompson was born in Terre Haute in 1916 to Frances May Slaughter and Arthur Wesley Stewart. She was married 49 years to Warren C. Thompson, who preceded her in death.. Always a hard worker, Thompson raised four children while working in a retail capacity at S.S. Kresge’s and Ayr-Way stores.. She was always ready to see new places. Her husband said “If you open the car door, she’s ready to go.” That was especially true in the last 20 years of her life, when she traveled all over the country with her children. She even celebrated her 90th birthday with a girls’ trip to Las Vegas. The saying “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” is certainly appropriate for that trip.. Thompson loved to read suspense novels and the magazine published by the Shrine Auxiliary that oftentimes featured her son, Sam, and her husband. She was a quiet, patient lady that endured a lot of turmoil but kept her family close at hand. She always had a smile on her face.. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star 284, Smyrna Shrine Guild, Hillbillies, and the Ladies Auxiliary for the Zionsville American Legion. She was past president of the Hamilton County Ladies Shrine Club. She served three terms as president of the Shepherds Center and was on the board of directors for Senior Adult Ministries, both in Zionsville. She was a longtime member of Zionsville United Methodist Church.. Thompson is survived by daughters Carolyne L. Johnson (Robert) and Beverly A. Miller (Chuck); 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. She took special delight in the hugs and kisses she received from her youngest great-granddaughter (13 months) in her last days of life.. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sons Warren W. Thompson and Samuel J. Thompson (Fran).. A celebration of Thompson’s life was held at Zionsville United Methodist Church on Saturday, Sept. 13.. Arrangements were entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Indianapolis.
Published on  September 17, 2014