Edith P. Thompson

24 May 1907 - 2 Jun 2005


Edith P. Thompson

24 May 1907 - 2 Jun 2005
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My Parents – Edith H Parkinson & Leland Lafayette Thompson Mom was born in Rexburg, Idaho and enjoyed a fun childhood living the summers at their farm house on the Rexburg Bench about 7 miles southeast of town. Most of the activities were involved with her siblings and she was introduced to hard w
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Edith P. Thompson


Rexburg Cemetery

312 Cemetery Rd
Rexburg, Madison, Idaho
United States


August 4, 2011


August 4, 2011

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My Parents

Contributor: SouthPawPhilly Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

My Parents – Edith H Parkinson & Leland Lafayette Thompson Mom was born in Rexburg, Idaho and enjoyed a fun childhood living the summers at their farm house on the Rexburg Bench about 7 miles southeast of town. Most of the activities were involved with her siblings and she was introduced to hard work early in her childhood. And at a young and tender age of nine her father died from pneumonia complications. This left Grandma Parkinson with seven children to rear and with Mom being the third oldest of the children it created hard work, sacrifice, and severe monetary restrictions. Mom was not able to attend school beyond the ninth grade because it required her to work to help support the family. However with her limited education I was often in awe of her wisdom and ability to quickly grasp the entire situation. Her keen mind was prevalent in the games she played and she excelled in card games, particularly Bridge which she played until over 95 years of age. With her work ethic she continued to help Dad in the financial realm working as a telephone operator on a part time basis. This work ethic was dominant in the rearing of four children, helping Dad in his plumbing business, and building the Cabin. Most of the interior painting of the cabin is a masterpiece by Mom and has not needed repainting in the 65 plus years since she accomplished the feat. Then when Dad passed away at the early age of 51 Mom continued to operate the plumbing business with the exceptional help from Darrel Wasden. Another positive aspect of Mom was her total honesty but she had very little respect to those who were not honest with her. Dad was also born in Rexburg and I know very little about his youth. One happening occurred while he was in High School that I feel created ill feelings toward the LDS Church. Grandpa Thompson was involved with dances in Rexburg and beer was for sale during the dances. Dad helped with the coat check-in for the dances and he loved to dance so participated. He was attending the Ricks Academy which was the high school for the Rexburg area. Superintendent Romney (Marion D. Romney’s father) was totally against the selling of beer at the dances and also said Dad’s dancing, perhaps drinking a beer, and the environment at the dance hall was contrary to academy policy and subsequently expelled Dad from the academy. Dad then went to Salt Lake where he lived with his brother Pete and wife Anabell and graduated from High School in Salt Lake. But that had a severe negative effect on Dad and I recall hearing about it for a long portion of my youth. Dad also had a strong work ethic, very skilled as a carpenter and wood-worker as attested by his skills at the cabin; he loved people, extremely pleased with his family, and very gregarious. He was well accepted in the community, often participated in the town dramatics and plays and generally asked to be the clown for the annual 4th of July parade. He had the nickname as the “Good Looking Plumber” and men were constantly in the shop to converse with him. As I mentioned earlier in this history, he would have been a fantastic grandfather! Mom and Dad were very family oriented and we truly enjoyed being together with card games and other family activities. Mom idolized Dad when he was sober and Dad had great respect and love for Mom. But an extreme change came with his alcohol consumption and it really created difficult family problems. Mom often accused me of not loving Dad because of his alcohol addiction but that is not the case. I had some fantastic experiences with Dad when he was sober especially working with him in my younger years. I forgave Dad for his addiction many years ago and look forward to the Eternal reunion with Mom and Dad.

Edith H Parkinson - Obit

Contributor: SouthPawPhilly Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Birth:  May 24, 1907 Death:  Jun. 2, 2005 On July 5, 1929 in Pocatello, Edith H. Parkinson married Leland “Pump” Thompson. Later solemnized in the Mesa LDS Temple, “Pump” and Edith built a cabin at the Rexburg Boat Club, which has been enjoyed by five generations. In 1946, they joined Boat Club and Edith has had 59 years of continuous membership. After “Pump” died on October 24, 1956, Edith and a son-in-law, Darrel Wasden, continued the Pump and Irrigation business with great success. Enjoy playing bridge, golf, shuffleboard, bowling and boating, she was a member and served as president of the Rexburg Soroptimist Club. Born in Rexburg, a daughter of Timothy Greer and Sarah Hansen Parkinson, she attended schools in Rexburg and the Ricks Academy when it included the high school. In September 1965, Edith married Ralph Peterson, who died on October 25, 1992. Carol (Wes) Christensen, Leland (Pat) Thompson, Keith Brent (Beverly) Thompson, and Marilyn (Bob) Mass are her surviving children. Other family members include her stepchildren: Joan (Ted) Whitmoyer, Brent (Kathy) Peterson, Randy (Zina) Peterson, Judy Peterson; siblings: Tim Parkinson and Norman Parkinson; 17 grandchildren, 60 great grandchildren and 8 great great grandchildren. Preceding Edith in death are her parents, four sisters, three brothers, her spouses and stepson, Gordon Peterson.

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Edith P. Thompson was born on 24 May 1907
Edith P. Thompson was 7 years old when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist named Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, sparking the outbreak of World War I. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria-Este was a member of the imperial Habsburg dynasty, and from 1896 until his death the heir presumptive (Thronfolger) to the Austro-Hungarian throne. His assassination in Sarajevo precipitated Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia, which in turn triggered a series of events that resulted in Austria-Hungary's allies and Serbia's declaring war on each other, starting World War I.
Edith P. Thompson was 21 years old when Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, "Plane Crazy". Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
Edith P. Thompson was 24 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
Edith P. Thompson was 33 years old when The Holocaust: The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz. The Holocaust, also referred to as the Shoah, was a genocide during World War II in which Nazi Germany, aided by its collaborators, systematically murdered some six million European Jews, around two-thirds of the Jewish population of Europe, between 1941 and 1945. Jews were targeted for extermination as part of a larger event involving the persecution and murder of other groups, including in particular the Roma and "incurably sick", as well as ethnic Poles and other Slavs, Soviet citizens, Soviet prisoners of war, political opponents, gay men and Jehovah's Witnesses, resulting in up to 17 million deaths overall.
Edith P. Thompson was 48 years old when Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland Hotel is a resort hotel located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, owned by the Walt Disney Company and operated through its Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products division. Opened on October 5, 1955, as a motor inn owned and operated by Jack Wrather under an agreement with Walt Disney, the hotel was the first to officially bear the Disney name. Under Wrather's ownership, the hotel underwent several expansions and renovations over the years before being acquired by Disney in 1988. The hotel was downsized to its present capacity in 1999 as part of the Disneyland Resort expansion.
Edith P. Thompson was 62 years old when During the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours after landing on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface before rejoining Columbia in lunar orbit.
Edith P. Thompson was 65 years old when Munich massacre: Nine Israeli athletes die (along with a German policeman) at the hands of the Palestinian "Black September" terrorist group after being taken hostage at the Munich Olympic Games. Two other Israeli athletes were slain in the initial attack the previous day. The Munich massacre was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, in which the Palestinian terrorist group Black September took eleven Israeli Olympic team members hostage and killed them along with a West German police officer.
Edith P. Thompson was 74 years old when The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia) takes place: The STS-1 mission. The Space Shuttle was a partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as part of the Space Shuttle program. Its official program name was Space Transportation System (STS), taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development. The first of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981, leading to operational flights beginning in 1982. In addition to the prototype whose completion was cancelled, five complete Shuttle systems were built and used on a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011, launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Operational missions launched numerous satellites, interplanetary probes, and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST); conducted science experiments in orbit; and participated in construction and servicing of the International Space Station. The Shuttle fleet's total mission time was 1322 days, 19 hours, 21 minutes and 23 seconds.
Edith P. Thompson was 84 years old when The World Wide Web is opened to the public. The World Wide Web (WWW), also called the Web, is an information space where documents and other web resources are identified by Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), interlinked by hypertext links, and accessible via the Internet. English scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He wrote the first web browser in 1990 while employed at CERN in Switzerland. The browser was released outside CERN in 1991, first to other research institutions starting in January 1991 and to the general public on the Internet in August 1991.
Edith P. Thompson died on 2 Jun 2005 at the age of 98
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