Leoda Thompson – Monticello

Leoda Thompson, age 88, died Monday, May 25, 2020 at her home following an extended illness.

Private family services will be held Friday May 29, 2020, at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello, with interment in the Hopkinton Cemetery.   Rev. Jan Lamont will officiate at the services.   Please sign Leoda’s  guest book at   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Leoda Thompson to Regional Medical Center, Emergency Medical Services,709 West Main Street, Manchester, Iowa 52057.

Surviving is a son Craig (Julia) Thompson, Strawberry Point; five grandsons, Matthew (Claire) Thompson; Jared (Leah) Thompson; Mark (Carrie) Thompson; Jonathan Thompson; Christian Thompson; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Dick.

Leoda Ann Borden was born at her maternal grandparents’ farm home near Hopkinton on May 16, 1932.  She was the daughter of Wesley Benjamin and LaRue Imogene DeShaw Borden.   She often told the story of how the doctor’s car burned in their yard that morning.   She was reared in the farm home of her maternal grandparents, Herbert S. and L. Goldie DeShaw. Leoda attended the South Fork #5 School also called the Joseph School for 8 years.  She was the valedictorian of the Delaware County rural schools in May of 1946.  She continued her education at the Hopkinton High School where she was the co-valedictorian of the graduating class of 1950.

Leoda exchanged marriage vows with Richard Lloyd Thompson on June 29, 1952 at the Hopkinton Presbyterian Church.   They were the proud parents of one son, Craig Borden Thompson.  The couple lived in Monticello most all their married lives. Leoda was employed at Franklin Equipment and the Monticello State Bank in her early years.  She is most remembered for her many years of work in the Hopkinton medical offices of Dr. Polance, Dr. Connelly  and Dr. Gearhart.

Leoda was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Hopkinton and later in Monticello.  She had also been a member of Eastern Star.   Being a granddaughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend were her priorities in life.  She will be missed by all that knew her.


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