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Hope Sharon (Fairbanks) Thompson

January 13, 1936 ~ December 31, 2021 (age 85)


Hope Sharon Thompson (Fairbanks)

Age: 85

Address: Deer River, MN

Date of Death: December 31, 2021    Place of Death: at home surrounded by her loved ones

Date of Birth: January 13, 1936   Place of Birth: Cloquet, MN

Survived By: Children, Priscilla Smith, Victor Thompson, Cheryl Westerberg, Barb Kannas, Janet Grossman, Phillip Thompson, Kathy Thompson, Terri Thompson, LaVonne Thompson, Diane Thompson, Jennifer Lindgren, Randy Thompson, Meredith Thompson, Rick Thompson, Jasmirre Thompson, she also raised Andrew Wakonabo, Vanessa Wakonabo, Cade Wakonabo, Ronald Roy & Isaac Roy, 71 Grandchildren, 135 Great Grandchildren, 8 Great-great Grandchildren, Siblings, Cynthia Cervantes, Theodora Redwing, Kenneth Fairbanks, Douglas Fairbanks & Roger Fairbanks.

Preceded By: Husband Harold Thompson, Daughters Wendy Thompson & Valerie Sweedman, Numerous Grandchildren.

Wake: Wednesday, January 5, 2022 after 4:00 P.M. until the service at the Center.

Service: Thursday, January 6, 2022 11:00 A.M. Ball Club Community Center

Burial: Cremation

History: Hope Passed away peacefully on December 31, 2021 surrounded by her loved ones. Hope was born January 13, 1936 in Cloquet, MN, she was the eldest of 13 brothers and sisters. Hope attended school in Bena, MN and Wahpeton Boarding School in North Dakota and Flandreau Boarding School in South Dakota where she graduated from. In the summers during high school Hope cleaned cabins in Bena, MN. Hope met her husband Harold they were married on January 14, 1956. Hope & Harold had 16 children 12 girls & 4 boys, and raised a number of their grandchildren. Hope attended each parent/teacher conference for her kids and grandkids. Hope worked at Ball Club Head Start, she also cooked for the Leech Lake Elderly Nutrition Program for over 30 years. Hope had a goal to work until she was 103 but had a stroke in 2016. Hope did beadwork for many years, she beaded crowns for the royalty at the reservation Pow wows. Other items she beaded were moccasins, leggings, belts, cuffs, yokes, coin purses and even a guitar strap. Hope loved to read, going to Goodwill, Bingo & Casinos. She served on the Ball Club Local Indian Council, the Deer River School Johnson O’Malley Committee, Wisdom Steps Committee and the Elder Committee. Hope was a big influence in the area and will be greatly missed.


January 5, 2022

4:00 PM
Ball Club Community Center
Ball Club
Ball Club, MN 56636

Funeral Service
January 6, 2022

11:00 AM
Ball Club Community Center
Ball Club
Ball Club, MN 56636

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