Rosella Sample Thompson, 91, St. Joseph, MO

Published 07/02 2014 10:01AM

Updated 07/02 2014 10:02AM

Rosella Sample Thompson, 91, St. Joseph, passed away June 30, 2014 at a local health care facility. She was born April 10, 1923 in Stewartsville, Mo to Charles E. and Bertha R. (Martin) Sample and graduated from Stewartsville High School in 1940. She was Valedictorian of her class and noted for her piano playing and accompanying talents.

She attended Northwest Missouri State University where she was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. After receiving her teaching instruction, she taught in rural DeKalb County. She stated, “I had to teach Agriculture to students who were three feet taller than me!”  She also noted that she kept ahead of them and kept them well fooled!  She also taught at Neely and Everett Schools in the St. Joseph School District.

On April 16, 1943, she married Lewis W. Thompson, who preceded her in death on August 22, 2010. She was a “war bride” who followed her husband to various parts of the country before he was deployed to Europe. Lewis and Rosella loved to “antique” all over the country.  They also loved to travel, managing to visit all fifty states.

For over fifty years, she taught private piano lessons in her home, instilling the love of playing piano to several generations of families. She was a member of Huffman United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and was a lifelong member of the Guy Harden Sunday School Class.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Charles E. Sample, Jr.; and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Waller.

Survivors include daughter, Julia (Tom) Schneider, St. Joseph; son, Gary M. (Connie) Thompson, St. Joseph; grandsons, Brian (Joey) Thompson, Union Star, MO, Brent Thompson, Clarksdale, MO, Jedd (Christine) Schneider, Columbia, MO, Jeremy (Amber) Schneider, Kearney, MO, and Jacob Schneider, Platte Woods, MO.; Great-Grandchildren, Colton Thompson, Remie Thompson, Ella Schneider and Finn Schneider.

Services:  1:00 P.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. For those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to the National Military Heritage Museum or a charity of their choice. Online guest book and obituary at

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