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Leaves of My Family Tree

Climbing my family tree one leaf and branch at a time…

Grandma Thompson’s Obituary

Gwendolyn Thompson

Gwendolyn Thompson, 80, of Springdale died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. She was born Nov. 2, 1925, in Venus to Claude J. and Elsie Reynolds Stout. She was a member of Eastside Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, C. H. Thompson.

She is survived by four sons, Jerry Stout of Ozark, James Thompson of Fayetteville, Jimmy Thompson of Springdale and Danny Thompson of Clifty; a brother, James Stout of Springdale; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p. m. today at Sisco Funeral Chapel in Springdale.

Funeral services will at 2 p. m. Monday at the funeral home with James Goff officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery. Pallbearers are Shane Stout, Michael Thompson, Curtis Thompson, Billy Joe Thompson, Ferrell White, Danny Marvel, Kevin Carroll, Shane Buck, Roy Kirkland, Lindsey Eicher, Kent Epley and Dallas Hadley. Memorials may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale AR 72762.

Grandma and Grandpa Thompson’s Address Change

Grandma and Grandpa Thompson lived in the same home from the time I can remember until their deaths.  They lived in their home on Old Wire Road from the early 1970s.  I don’t know the exact year that they moved into the home.

When they moved in their address was 205 Old Wire Road but between 1991 and 1995 their address was changed for the new 911 system that was installed in Springdale.   Their new address was 316 Old Wire Road.

Grandpa’s Chair by the Window

Grandpa and Grandma Thompson moved into their house on Old Wire Road when I was a very small child, around 3 or so.  I don’t remember them living anywhere else.

From my earliest memories, Grandpa had a chair and a table or desk setting by the big Windows in their living room.  That was his chair.  It was ok for you to sit in the chair if Grandpa wasn’t home or was outside or something.  But, you knew that as soon as Grandpa came back in, you would have to get up so Grandpa could sit in his chair.

He spent many happy hours sitting in his chair and watching the neighborhood happenings from his window.

The truck you can see through the window is the truck that he drove for probably 15 years from my earliest memories until I was in high school.

Grandma and Grandpa Treat’s Marriage License

Grandma and Grandpa Treat were married on August 28, 1938 in Searcy County, Arkansas.

Groom: Sherman Treat

Groom’s Age: 22

Groom’s Estimated Birth Year: 1916

Groom’s Residence: Big Flat, Baxter, Arkansas

Bride: Ruth Lawrence

Bride’s Name: 19

Bride’s Estimated Birth Year: 1919

Bride’s Residence: Big Flat, Baxter, Arkansas

Marriage Date: 28 Aug 1938

Marriage License Date: 19 Aug 1938

Marriage Place: , Searcy, Arkansas, United States

Film number: 2048298

Digital Folder Number: 4326336

Image number: 00411

Page number: 223

Source: Arkansas County Marriage Records, 1837-1957

Collection: Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957

Grandma’s Bird Quilt

One of my most treasured items is the quilt that my grandmother made me.

She was visiting our home when I was about 9 or 10 years old.  I was coloring in this book of bird pictures.

She loved the pictures of the birds and I gave her the book of bird photos.

She made the quilt by tracing the birds onto white blocks and then sewing yellow strips of cloth between the white blocks with painted birds.

She gave me the quilt for my high school graduation.

I still have it today but it is getting very frayed and tattered.

I display it now on top of the chest in my bedroom but I no longer use it because I am afraid that if I have to wash it very many more times that it will totally come apart.

The photos are of the birds she painted on the quilt blocks (They are somewhat deteriorated as this was a quilt I used for many years!)