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Melba Jo Thompson

January 17, 1932 January 9, 2020
Melba Jo Thompson
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Obituary for Melba Jo Thompson

Melba Jo Thompson passed away peacefully at home in Felton, Delaware with her family by her side on January 9, 2020.

Jo was born January 17, 1932 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the daughter of the late Hobart “Doc” Clayton Blanchard and Lula Gregg (Evans) Blanchard. She attended Aberdeen High School in Aberdeen, Maryland and graduated in 1948.

She continued her education and attended Maryland General Hospital Nursing School in Baltimore Maryland and became a registered nurse in 1952. Jo loved being a nurse and caring for her patients. She worked for many years in Baltimore Maryland, Washington DC and Michigan.

She was married in 1958 to the late James L. Thompson and had many happy years together raising 2 daughters and 2 sons.

Jo is survived by her daughter Ms. Barbara Quigley of Tampa, Florida, son Mr. Robert Thompson and his fiancée Jodi of Phoenix, Arizona, daughter Dr. Jeanne Nichols-Willey and Randy Willey of Felton, Delaware, and son LCDR Stephen Thompson USCG (Ret) of Pasadena, Maryland. Jo is also survived by seven grandchildren, Kaitlyn Hurd-Nichols and Kathryn Nichols, Conor and Alison Quigley, and Aiden, Liam and Natalie Thompson, a granddaughter-in-law Beth Hurd-Nichols and her brother Hobart “Corky” Blanchard and his wife Mary of Maryland.

A special thank you to those who helped her at home and provided her with loving care: Kelly, Kaitlyn, Nancy, Mary, Shayna, Catherine, Taylor, and Erica.

Funeral service will be held at Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Road (Rt.10), Dover on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 12:30 followed by a grave side service at Sharon Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest contributions be made to one of Jo’s favorite nonprofit charitable organizations: The First State Animal Center and SPCA in Camden Delaware: 32 Shelter Circle, Camden DE. 19934. (302)943-6032.

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12:30 PM 1/19/2020 12:30:00 PM - 1:30 PM 1/19/2020 1:30:00 PM
Torbert Funeral Chapels - Lebanon Road

1145 E. Lebanon Road
Dover, DE 19901

Torbert Funeral Chapels - Lebanon Road
1145 E. Lebanon Road Dover 19901 DE
United States

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Sharon Hills Memorial Park Final Resting Place

2928 Sharon Hill Road
Dover, DE 19904

2928 Sharon Hill Road Dover 19904 DE
United States

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