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Oma Thompson

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Oma Schrimsher Thompson, 95, the daughter of the late Elvis Kenley and Eula Cowell Kenley, was born Aug. 24, 1915, in Denton, Mo., and passed away Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett.

On Nov. 23, 1936, in Caruthersville, Mo., she married John Schrimsher, who preceded her in death. On Jan. 12, 1980, in Braggadocio, Mo., she married Fred Thompson, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Adam Bradshaw; one brother and one sister, Hallie Hillhouse.

Oma worked in medical records at Hayti Hospital and later was a service companion for the Visiting Nurses Association. She was a homemaker, a member of the RSVP Program in Caruthersville, a former member of Oak Grove Baptist Church and has been a member of the Braggadocio Baptist Church for the last 30 years.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry Schrimsher and wife, Pauline, of Pangburn, Ark., and Jimmy Schrimsher, of Steele, Mo.; three daughters, Linda Driskill and husband, Beryl, of Steele, Phyllis Bradshaw and husband, Ronnie, of Kennett and Shirley Dean and husband, Tom, of Hazelwood, Mo.; one brother, Mervin Kenley and wife, Marie, of Granite City, Ill.; one nephew, Wilburn Hillhouse, of Galesburg, Ill.; one niece, Pam Culp and husband, Keith, of Granite City; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at noon, Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Braggadocio Baptist Church with Rev. Joe Smith officiating.

Burial was in the Pemiscot Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Caruthersville.

Pallbearers were Michael Dean, Gerald Schrimsher, Rick Driskill, Johnny Schrimsher, Jonathon Schrimsher and Josh Driskill.

Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Turpin, Russell Gilmore, Noah Dudley, Charles Albert Farris, Tommy Lynn Crowe, Joe Crain, Bert Rowe and Ron Young.

Powell Funeral Home in Steele was in charge of arrangements.