Norma Evelyn Thompson was born July 28 th , 1935 at Mahaska, KS, the daughter of Roy D. Eversole and Hazel Rhine Eversole. She passed away Friday, March 16, 2018 at Meadowlark Hills in Manhattan KS after a short illness at the age of 82 years.
She grew up on the farm west of Mahaska where she attended school and graduated from Mahaska High in 1953. She attended Kansas State College and was a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority. She graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology.
She was united in marriage to Frank E. Thompson on July 1 st , 1966.
Norma taught school at Irving Jr High in Lincoln, NE after graduating from college. Shortly after marriage, Frank and Norma spent time in Augusta, KS, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, California and Alaska. From 1976 to 1989 Frank and Norma owned Mahaska Propane and Oil Company where she did all the book keeping. While living in Mahaska she served 16 years on the North Central school board. She also served as 4-H Leader and was active in the Mahaska Presbyterian Church.
In 1997 Frank and Norma moved to Manhattan and resided on the East side of Tuttle Creek Reservoir. She has been a Manhattan resident since that time.
Norma was on a women’s bowling league, volunteered at the hospital gift shop and attended as many K-State sporting events as she could. Her hobbies included family, gardening and watching sports.
She was preceded in death by her husband Frank, her parents, brother Phil, and her sister Marilyn.
Norma is survived by her son, Jon Thompson, and his wife, Staci, Manhattan, KS; daughter, Julie Knigge, and her husband, Steve, Fairbury, NE; five grandchildren, Jacob Schroeder, Dylan Knigge, Megan Thompson, Halle Knigge and Hannah Knigge. Also survived by sister-in-law Lynn Eversole and nieces; Darice Cairns and Jan Cossaart.
According to Norma’s wishes, direct cremation was chosen. A Memorial Service will be held 10:30am, Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Chapel of Meadowlark Hills retirement village in Manhattan, Kansas. A graveside inurnment service will be Friday afternoon at 3:00pm in the Mahaska, Kansas Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Mahaska Presbyterian Church. These arrangements were entrusted to Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, Kansas.