Viola Thompson, 99, who ran a service station with her husband and raised Pomeranian dogs, died at St. John’s Lutheran Ministries at the Vista on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.
She was born Feb. 14, 1914, the daughter of Fred and Sue (Driscoll) Mandelkow in Pompeys Pillar. She attended Pompeys Pillar school until the fourth grade, then the family moved to Columbus for one year, then to Billings where she attended school until the middle of the ninth grade.
She met Elmer Thompson at Woolworth where they both worked. They dated for about five years before they were married on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 29, 1934. It was a policy of Woolworth that married women were not allowed to work, so she had to quit.
Mr. and Mrs. Thompson fostered some children until 1943. Their own daughter was born in 1939.
They raised Pomeranian dogs for many years and later shelties. They ran a Conoco service station at Terry and Montana avenues for more than 20 years.
Mrs. Thompson was involved in a shop at Level 3 in Billings. She made crocheted frames, Christmas ornaments and necklaces and shipped them to several states.
She joined the Rebekah Lodge with her mother and daughter, the only three generations to join at the same time. She remained a member for more than 55 years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served on the Council of Job’s Daughters.
Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Marchinek of Billings; a granddaughter; five great-grandsons; seven great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Nelson of Billings.
Visitation was Feb. 4 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Graveside services were Feb. 5 in Mountview Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at First Alliance Church at Central Avenue and 19th Street West with a lunch to follow.
Memorials may be made to the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter, 1735 Monad Road, Billings, MT 59101.