Dema Thompson, age 87, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, March 23, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Thompson; and her brother, Ed Trobridge.
She is survived by her children and their families: Dr. Brian (Dawn) Thompson, Natalie, Jason; Sandy (Dave) Dzierzyc, Daniel, Emily, and four stepchildren; Brenda (Al) Luxford; Lynne (Steve) DeCaluwe, Alyssa; sister, Betty Gusha; brothers Duane Trobridge and Bill (Char) Trobridge; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Dema Louise Trobridge was born on March 7, 1933 in Cadillac, MI. She was the oldest of five children. She remembered having an outhouse and no running water. Dema attended Cadillac High School, where she graduated in 1951. Her fellow classmates held reunions faithfully. She enjoyed seeing her classmates and reminiscing with them about high school antics. She was active in the Y-Teen club and other organizations. After graduation, she left Cadillac and moved to Grand Rapids, MI to work as a secretary. There she met Glenn Thompson Jr. on a blind date and married him in 1954. They had four children together: Brian, Sandy, Brenda, and Lynne. Over the years of raising her children she worked very hard. Dema was a loving mother and grandmother. She kept a large garden and canned many of the vegetables every year. She was a very meticulous housekeeper who could cook delicious meals. She loved crafting and did many things over the years - teaching her daughters her love of crafting. She crocheted countless afghans, knitted, and embroidered. Her love of flowers could be seen throughout her home, as well as in her crafts. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Because of the current health crisis, a private family gathering will be held with interment at Croton Cemetery.
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