Leah Thompson

Leah Marie Thompson (Lesh)

Thursday, September 6th, 1928 - Thursday, April 30th, 2020
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Leah Marie Thompson, 91, of Independence, MO, passed away on April 30, 2020, of natural causes.

Leah was born September, 6, 1928, to Floyd and Flora Lesh. She was one of nine children.
Leah grew up in Independence, attending McCoy Grade School, Palmer Junior High and William Chrisman High School. She attended Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, where she had many friends and relatives. Leah’s roommate at Graceland, Polly Rohrs, later became her sister-in-law, when Polly married Leah’s brother Raymond.

Leah grew up as a member of the Walnut Park RLDS church, which is where she married Everett L. Thompson in 1948. To this union were born three children: Steve, Leonard and Sharon. The family enjoyed the home built for them by Everett on Queen Ridge Drive. Summers there included barbeques in the backyard, served with Leah’s tasty potato salad and homemade ice cream. Leah’s home canned green beans and cherry pies made of home grown cherries were also treats.

Leah was a homemaker. She enjoyed making birthday cakes for her family and special holiday meals. She also made quilts and did embroidery.

She worked for her brother-in-law Lester at Thompson Jewelry on the Independence Square for several years. She was a long-time volunteer at the Independence Sanitarium Gift Shop. She was active in girl’s work, cub scouts and the Sunday School Department of East Alton RLDS Church.

Leah and Everett enjoyed 60 years of marriage before his passing in 2008. Their shared memories included boating weekends at the Lake of the Ozarks with friends when the children were growing up, family vacations and a trip to Europe later in life.

Leah had been a resident at the Fountains in Independence for almost 6 years. The family wishes to thank the Fountains, Interim Healthcare Staff and Interim Hospice Staff for their kind and loving care of Leah, especially during her last days.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Everett, and siblings: Leonard Lesh, Florence Hallett (spouse Russ), Wilbur Lesh (Muzzy), Raymond Lesh (Polly), Ruby Morgan (Lucky), Lucy Scherer, and David Lesh. Leonard and Wilbur were both killed in WWII.

Leah is survived by her sister Mary Yahnig (spouse Dave), sister-in-law Judy Lesh (wife of David) and brother-in-law Jacob Scherer (husband of Lucy). She is also survived by her children: Steve Thompson (Bonnie), Leonard Thompson (Teresa), and Sharon Gerlt; three grandchildren: Scott Thompson, Jennifer Archambeault (Paul) and Ian Thompson (Amy); three Archambeault great-grand daughters: Makayla, Katherine and Kelly; and many nieces and nephews.

Leah is also survived by Betty (Hart) Crow, who has been her best friend since their kindergarten days.

Leah was a member of South Crysler Restoration Branch.

An entombment service will take place on Friday, June 19, at 2:00pm, in Mound Grove Cemetery, Independence, next to her husband Everett. A visitation will be held on Saturday, June 20, from 2-4pm, at Carson-Speaks Chapel, 1501 W. Lexington Ave., Independence, MO.

Contributions can be made in Leah's honor to:
The Music/Arts Institute, 1010 S Pearl St.; Independence, MO 64050
Attn: Ron Clemons
The institute is located in the old McCoy School Building, where Leah attended.
All donations go to the Scholarship Fund.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Carson-Speaks Chapel
    1501 W. Lexington Ave
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  • Service

    Friday, June 19th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday, June 19th, 2020 2:00pm
    Mound Grove Cemetery
    1818 North River Boulevard
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  • Interment

    Mound Grove Mausoleum


Donations are being accepted for: MUSIC-ARTS INSTITUTE.

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Private Condolence

John Snethen

Posted at 01:59pm
The Lesh and Thompson families will always hold a special place in my childhood memories. My deepest condolences.

John Snethen, Luther and Lee’s son

Mary Ann VanNatta

Posted at 09:57am
Leah had such kindness and the softness of her voice always seemed to calm me when around. She always had a smile on her face and her front door was always open and welcoming arms as well.

I'll still have her phone number embedded in my memory from back when my sister (Bonne) and Steve were dating - somoe many many years ago.
I would come home from school and call her number and she always knew to expect my call... Yes - she would say- they are here, would you like to talk to Bonnie.

She will be missed.....

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