Norma Eileen Thompson

March 13, 1921December 24, 2012
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Norma Eileen Thompson 1921 ~ 2012

Norma Eileen Pyper Thompson peacefully passed away early in the morning of December 24, 2012. Her family surrounded her. She was born in Park City, Utah, March 13, 1921, to Harold J. Pyper and Verda Wright. At 4 years of age, the family moved to Salt Lake City on Roberta Street. With good grades and a thirst for knowledge, she was advanced two grades graduating from South High School in 1936. It was there she met her eternal sweetheart William (Bill) Hooper Thompson. She waited for him while he was on an LDS Mission to Denmark. On release he entered World War II as a University of Utah ROTC graduate he served as a 2nd Lieutenant. On a 3-day pass, they got married in the Salt Lake Temple on November 17, 1941. They had four sons and one daughter. Due to Eileen having the Rh factor, little Brian experienced Cerebral Palsy. She lovingly cared for him till his passing at age 9. Having faith in her doctor’s learning and Heavenly Father she had two more babies, who experienced blood exchanges immediately after birth with no complications. She was an accomplished organist and pianist. She played the organ in church at age 12, and was always the ward organist and played the organ in the temple for 25 years, she was released at age 90 from both. She inspired the love of music in her children, especially James, who she encouraged to complete a Doctorate in music education. She loved the out of doors and took every opportunity to take the family into the mountains or deserts, camping or hiking, where no 4-wheel drive vehicle would dare to go. Two sons have degrees in Geology and one son has a life-long association in that field. She was the best grandmother ever. She never forgot anyone’s birthday. She took all the grandchildren on camping trips giving them a lifetime interest in collecting rocks. She always enjoyed being a hands-on grandmother, and was glad to spend time with them, especially while their parents were away. She was a patron of the Arts, loving the symphony concerts, plays, the opera, and all Choral productions. She always supported her children and grandchildren in their performances. She even played for many of James’ musicals at his high schools. The students call her Mrs. T. She had a great love for her ancestors and kept extensive genealogy records. She told descendants many of the family stories. She did her Master’s Thesis on the settlers of Coalville where her Mother’s family came from. Upon graduating from Brigham Young University in 1990, with a Master’s of Arts degree, her picture appeared in the newspaper in full cap and gown for being the oldest graduate. What it did not say, was she had a 4.0 grade point average. She worked as a legal secretary for many years. She was Vernon Romney’s private secretary while he was Attorney General for two terms. He called her the original Woman’s Libber. She and her husband fulfilled a two year proselyting mission in Frankfort, Germany in 1986. She even conquered the German Language. The whole family lived in Germany 1951-1954, while Dad was on active duty. She is survived by her children, David and Deanna Thompson, Elisabeth and Thomas Jones (Keith Long, deceased), James and Linda Thompson, Bruce and LaRee Thompson (later divorced), her sisters Nida Thayer (Leonard, deceased), Phyllis Smart (Eldon, deceased); 16 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, son Brian, her parents, her sister Helen and Art Spencer and a granddaughter Mindy Long Jewkes and Matthew Garth Jewkes (Later divorced) Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:00 am at the East Millcreek Stake Center, 3108 E. Craig Drive. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-8 pm and one hour prior to service all at the church. Interment: Salt Lake City Cemetery.


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 1, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, January 2, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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Robyn Bechthold

January 3, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. What a wonderful woman who lived an extraordinary life. We hope you feel the comfort of a loving Heavenly Father at this time.

Robyn Bechthold

January 3, 2013

Linda, Jim and family,
What a wonderful and fulfilling life your mother and grandmother lived and what a sweet reunion she is now having with her husband and other family members. Although it is always difficult to say goodbye to our loved ones as they leave us, what comfort we have in knowing they are happy and we will be reunited at a future time. I am sending my prayers and love in your direction.

Lisa Giolas Anjewierden

January 3, 2013

I saw your mom at my mothers funeral in August. I had not seen her for many years but she was exactly as I remembered her. They were great friends, both Park City gals and my mom spoke so highly of her as a visiting teaching companion. These wonderful EMC 4th ward members hold special memories - I will always see your mom playing the piano/organ and her infectious smile. Your will be in my prayers.

Jerry Wright

January 2, 2013

Eileen and Bill have been close friends since grade school. I am sure we will always be that way.

January 2, 2013

I was just a young girl in the old Ivins ward, but I remember how good your family was to little Brian. Your Mom was always smiling & so happy. She played the
organ & piano for all our meetings. I can't remember how long your family lived
in our ward, maybe it was only a short time. I don't have any memories of anything, but the love your family had for Brian and how sweet you were with him. My mother was Dorothy Button. She was 92 when she died 2005 so she would have known your parents. Sincerely Sharon Button Yeager

Kathy Hawkins

January 2, 2013

I remember going rafting on the Snake river with Jim and Linda's family and Grandma Thompson when she was in her late eighties. What a fearless adventurer and wonderful lady!

Scott Peterson

December 31, 2012

What a wonderful Lady. Eileen was an inspiration to many in the EMC 4th ward. I remember going to there home to practice for programs. I wish the best to your family.

Tracy VanDenBerghe-Flores

December 31, 2012

James Thompson was my orchestra teacher at Granite High School from 1992-1994. I remember Mrs. T playing for all of our musicals and being at the piano in the orchestra 'pit' with us. I even recall once when she fell off the bench of the piano during rehearsal, which scared all of us, but she just got back up and kept playing. What an amazing woman! Reading her obituary, I had no idea how accomplished and amazing she was. What an extraordinary woman! Mr. Thompson was an amazing music teacher and now I know that it was because of his mother. Sending love and thoughts to your family.

Barbara Kenney

December 31, 2012

Dave and Liz, Just think of the reunion our Mothers are having. Such very good friends in life and I am sure forever. Your Mother was always such a never ending "energizer bunny". I know that my Mom was having so much fun hopping off the Trax Train with your Mom that she didn't realize she had broken her foot. The ladies and their book groups and symphonies made their lives fun. Loved your Mom and Dad. I miss the old times but life has a way of moving on. I hope that you are surrounded by the Savior's Love at this time. Your friend, Barbara (Parkin) Kenney.