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In Memory of

Johnanna Thompson

December 8, 1930 - November 19, 2016

Obituary


Johnanna Thompson was born at home in Bennington, OK, on the Smith & Lee farm to Mattie and Lee Varner. Johnanna spent most of childhood in Colbert, OK on the family farm. She graduated Colbert High in 1949, in a class of 19 students. She attended beautician's school and began working afterwards.
While a hairdresser, she met the love of her life, Hank Thompson. Johnanna always said, "Once she saw him in that dress-blue Air Force uniform, she wanted to know him better." And so it went.

They married and Johnanna spent a...

Johnanna Thompson was born at home in Bennington, OK, on the Smith & Lee farm to Mattie and Lee Varner. Johnanna spent most of childhood in Colbert, OK on the family farm. She graduated Colbert High in 1949, in a class of 19 students. She attended beautician's school and began working afterwards.
While a hairdresser, she met the love of her life, Hank Thompson. Johnanna always said, "Once she saw him in that dress-blue Air Force uniform, she wanted to know him better." And so it went.

They married and Johnanna spent a wonderful 20 years with Hank in the Air Force. They traveled; as all military families do and Johnanna made no secret of it.she always thought the Air Force was a great way of life. Their sons Chris and Steve soon followed. We believe Johnanna would have enlisted herself after Hank's military retirement and kept the family in Air Force Blue for longer if possible.

However, Hank wanted to retire and golf a lot more. He completed a second career in Civil Service which brought them to San Antonio as he served another 20 plus years as a Civilian Fire Chief for the Air Force. Johnanna made San Antonio her home and kept busy here. Fortunately their sons spent most of their careers in San Antonio, so the family remained very close.

Nothing made Johnanna's life any sweeter than when grandchildren arrived. Four grandsons in total and all were living nearby so she enjoyed them thoroughly. Helping raise them was the greatest pleasure she had in her later years.

Johnanna was a quiet, devoted and loving person. She was utterly committed to her family and to serving their every need. She loved deeply and completely throughout her whole life. Her extended family of her parents and sisters and their families all meant the world to her and she loved nothing more than a big family gathering "on the plains of Oklahoma" as they used to refer to the family farm. Those gatherings were inspirational and created a great family bond among all members - and all of whom remain will dearly miss Johnanna, or "Nan" as was her family nickname. Nan we will all miss you and pray you find peace and your greatest reward with Christ. So enjoy your time with that dashing young man in Air Force blue - we know he's glad to see you too.