Esther Louise Bick Thompson was born to Roy Albert and Hazel Vivian Strong Bick in Miner County, SD on September 25, 1927. She died peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer.
Esther attended Farwell School for 8 years, Plano High School for 4 years, and the Mitchell Business College for 2 years. She worked for several Mitchell businesses. On February 14, 1948 she married Raymond Elbert Thompson at the Church of the Nazarene, Mitchell, SD. They had two children—Ellen Sue and Richard. They farmed in Plano Township, Hanson County from 1948 until 2002. She worked at the Hanson County ASCS from August 29, 1955 until retirement on January 3, 1986. They moved to Mitchell in September 2001.
She was an active member of Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene, Mitchell, and held numerous leadership positions over many years. She was kind, caring, loving, loyal and cherished her family and friends, especially spending time with her grandchildren. She loved reading, gardening, crocheting, and knitting. She made and gave away over 100 afghans to friends and relatives.
She is survived by her husband: Raymond, Mitchell; her children, Sue (Dennis) Westgard, Westbury, NY and Richard (Connie) Thompson, Salem; grandchildren, Cristin (John) Howell, Sioux Falls and Robert Thompson, Sioux Falls; sister, Lila Fosbenner, Nampa, ID; sisters-in-law and brothers-in law Grace (Lloyd) Rowland, Vermillion, Esther Michaelis, Nampa, ID, Howard (Trude) Thompson, Nampa, ID, and Donald (Carol) Thompson, Albuquerque, NM; flower girl, Evalyn (Larry) Beasley, IN; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Hazel Bick, brother, Raymond Bick, brother-in-law, Gerald Fosbenner, nephew, Gerald Fosbenner II and one great grandchild.