Our family wishes to announce the passing of Eleanor Kathleen Thompson on April 16, 2021. Eleanor was born in Maymont Saskatchewan in 1931, the fourth child of John and Letitia Blacklock. Her older, much loved brothers Jock, Ben and Bill predeceased her. She had fond memories of school, church, music, family celebrations, and all of the lifelong friends that she met in her first eighteen years.
At 18 in 1950, she moved to the nurse’s residence at Saskatoon City Hospital to begin training to become a registered nurse graduating in 1953. During her schooling, she made friends who brought her a lifetime of joy and they continued to meet every five years for reunions in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Saskatoon, and Naramata.
In 1954 she married Don Thompson and together they raised three children, Donald John (Patricia Marshall), Catherine Jane (Gregory Hellyer) and Scott William (Karen Pask). Along with her children and their spouses she leaves behind her much-loved grandchildren Davis (Katie), Jordan (Channing), Madison, Hannah (Mark), Kate, and great-grandchildren Emmett and Blakely. She also leaves behind many loved nieces and nephews.
In the 1970’s she enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan, obtaining a diploma in nursing administration. She worked as a nurse at Saskatoon City Hospital from 1967 to 1991 in various positions, always enjoying her work and her colleagues. She took on many active roles in United Church communities in Saskatoon and West Kelowna and nurtured a strong faith throughout her life.
Eleanor loved nature and her family, and she experienced both through many wonderful family times at the Wakaw cabin, her daughter Cathy’s family home in Kelowna, and at a yearly family gathering at her son Don’s cottage at Christina Lake. She and Don spent winters in the Palm Springs area for 25 years to enjoy the sunshine, golf, and special friendships. Her love of learning, family, and travel took her and Don to Europe, the Caribbean, and Hawaii numerous times.
Eleanor had a wonderful smile and loved life, she valued people, their stories and lots of laughter. Her endless curiosity led to a wide variety of reading, discussions, and lifelong learning. She enjoyed life to the fullest and was grateful to her wonderful family and friends that made her life such a special and fulfilling time on earth. Eleanor was happiest when gathered with family and friends, always with Don, her strength and companion all through life. He brought her much fun and joy and love always. Our beautiful wife, mother, nana and aunt will be dearly missed.
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