SYLVIA R. "Ma" THOMPSON - 58, of 217 Walnut Grove Drive, Walnut, died
Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, at CGH Medical Center. She was a school bus driver
for Walnut Grade School and special education students and also was employed
by Walnut Manor Nursing home as a certified nurses aide for a number of
Mrs. Thompson was born Nov. 22, 1943, in Princeton, the daughter of Raymond
and Dorothy (Vetter) Gustafson. She loved her grandchildren and spending
time with them.
Survivors include a daughter, Kathryn Thompson of Walnut; a son, Kenyon
Thompson of Walnut; her mother of Walnut; a sister, Elaine Forward of
Sterling; a brother, Kurt Gustafson of Walnut; eight grandchildren; and
numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father; and a brother, Neil Gustafson.
The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, with
the Rev. Ron Eckberg, pastor of Walnut Bible Church, officiating. Cremation
rites will be accorded. Burial is at a later date at Walnut Cemetery.
Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. A memorial has been
(The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls,
Illinois, September 3, 2002 - pg A3,
submitted by Melva L. Taylor)