Cathilene Thompson


    Cathilene (nee Henry) Thompson was born on May 5, 1929 in Cuba, Missouri to Mamie Pearl and William Henry and passed away on September 23, 2020 at the age of 91 years, 4 months and 18 days.


    Cathy was a great role model to the girls in the Henry family. She enjoyed sports, particularly softball and graduated from Cuba High School in 1947.
    She was briefly married to Rich Longacre. When they divorced, she supported herself and her son by working as a riveter during the Korean War.
    When her father passed away in 1954 the family moved to California.
    Cathy worked many years for GTE and found great satisfaction in her job. She started as a long-distance operator, often assisting celebrities and globetrotters. She was one of the first women to be promoted to frame maintainer, a highly technical job.
    She Dean Thompson in California on a blind date. They were married in Nevada and settled in Yucaipa, California. When they retired, they moved to Sun City, Arizona and enjoyed the friends and activities there.
    She loved sewing and when her son Mark passed away from AIDS, she made a quilt square to honor him in the national AIDS quilt. She also enjoyed reading and a variety of sports.
    Her last years were spent in Texas with her daughter Terri and Dale Balders and family.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Mamie and William; sisters, Irene Ackerman and Alene McFarren; brothers, William (Bill) Henry and Robert Henry; husband, Dean; and sons, Rick and Mark.
    She is survived by her daughter, Terri; sister, Paulene Wagner; grandchildren, Michael and Jeremy Balders and DeAnn Thompson; great grandson, Kingsley; other relatives and friends.
    A memorial is planned for a future date.