MarkElla Glads (Garrett) Thompson, 96, Pleasant Hill, died May 15 at Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City.
She was born Aug. 28, 1924, near Cureall in Howell County, the daughter of Stillman Harrison Garrett and Reva (Riley) Garrett.
She attended grade school in rural Howell County and attended West Plains High School.
During World War II, she left West Plains and moved to Kansas City where she worked at several jobs until she went to work as a waitress at Thompson’s Lunch at 31st and Troost. It was there she met the owner’s brother, William Lee “Bill” Thompson, and they were married Feb. 13, 1948.
Soon after their marriage, they moved to the farm near Pleasant Hill and she became the typical Cass County farm wife with gardening, canning and cooking meals for hired hands. She and Bill were involved in Balanced Farming and other agriculture-related organizations in Cass County. She was also involved as a member of Cass County Extension.
She was involved in PTA at Raymore and later at Pleasant Hill and was a 4-H mother. Bill was a beef project leader and her daughter, Linda, was a member of the Raymore 4-H Club. The family's love of the 4-H organization lasted a lifetime.
She was an accomplished seamstress, loved to hunt morel mushrooms and had a unique eye for antiques, amassing an impressive collection of antique furniture and other fine pieces.
After their retirement, she and Bill operated booths at various antique malls in the area including Greenwood, Peculiar and at Keeper’s Antique Mall in Harrisonville.
She was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, who died Oct. 31, 2005; her brothers, Ira William and Billy Gene; her sisters, Justeen, Faye, Zella, Vinita and Helen Jane; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She is survived by her daughters, Linda Thompson, Harrisonville, and Julia Mitchell; her grandchildren Michelle (Shortridge) Young, Harrisonville, Adrianne Leanne (Shortridge) Cammisano, Raymore, and Morgan Lee Sanders, Harrisonville, William Hawkins and Levi Mitchell, both of Pleasant Hill, Lucas Spies, Eli Mitchell, Springfield, and Bretta Mitchell, Harrisonville; her great-grandchildren, William Lee Fordyce, Excelsior Springs, Dustin Dean Young, Katelyn Michelle Young, Colton Abel Sanders and Alexandria Ray Martin, all of Harrisonville; Bryson Lee Sanders and Bailey June Sanders, both of Garden City, Chloe Mitchell and Bradley David Hawkins, Pleasant Hill, and Cayden Mitchell, Lee’s Summit; a great-great-grandson, Brooks Reid Young, Harrisonville; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home. Reverend Mark Clifton will officiate. Burial will be in the Raymore Cemetery, Raymore.
Memorial Contributions are suggested to the Missouri 4-H Foundation and may be left at the funeral home or mailed to: Missouri 4-H Foundation, 109 Whitten Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.
Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550