Rita Jane Thompson, 89, passed away on August 24, 2022 at Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center Green River, WY. She was a resident of Green River 52 years and former resident of Missouri. Mrs. Thompson died following a lengthy illness.
She was born April 20, 1933 in Hannibal, MO; the daughter of Stanley Gottman and Helen Weller.
Mrs. Thompson attended schools in Kirksville, MO, and was a 1951 graduate of Palmyra High School. She received her Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Wyoming.
She married William Leigh Thompson on March 3, 1973 in Wyoming. He preceded her in death on June 21, 2018.
Mrs. Thompson worked for Sweetwater County School District No. 2 for 19 years having retired in 1987 as an English and Physical Education teacher.
She loved spending time with family; crocheting, musical activities and she loved dogs.
Survivors include her son Charles “Bill” Thompson of Green River, WY; one daughter, Jenny Kreger and husband Terry of Denver, CO; one sister Joyce Hess of Palmyra, MO; eight grandchildren including Julie Weiberg; Tammy Stuart; several great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one sister, Jean Moore; one daughter, Donna Mitchell; one son, Shane Thompson.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center, 120 Shoshone Ave., Green River, WY. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church.Internment will be in the Millburn Cemetery in Fort Bridger, WY.
The family respectfully requests donations be made in Rita’s memory to Lucky’s Place, P.O. Box 654, Thayne, WY 83127.
Condolences may be left at www.vasefuneralhomes.com