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Updated: 01/17/2014 08:00:04AM

Janice Helen Thompson

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Janice Helen Thompson, 91, of Arcadia, Fla., entered her heavenly home Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

She was born May 26, 1922, in Chicago, Ill., to John Anthony Matthews and Elizabeth Pickup Matthews.

Janice moved to Miami, Fla., in 1924, and she attended schools in Miami and graduated from Miami Edison in 1940. She was joined in marriage to Claude “Tommy” Thompson of Center Hill, Fla., in January 1941. In 1968, the Thompson family moved to Arcadia. Janice worked for the DeSoto County School System for nearly 30 years, retiring in 2000. She was a faithful longtime member of Brownville Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher.

Janice is survived by a brother, Samuel A Matthews of Delray Beach, Fla.; two sons, Tommy (Bonnie) Thompson of Archdale, N.C., and Evan (Ingrid) Thompson of Medford, Ore.; four daughters, Linda Thompson Willard of High Point, N.C., Joy (Marcus) Norman of Starke, Fla., Diane Whitmire of Marietta, Ga., and Donna (Tommy) Weathersby of Tifton, Ga.; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Claude Thompson; and two sons-in-law, Jay Willard of High Point, and Larry Whitmire of Marietta.

Visitation will be held from 1:30 p.m. until the funeral service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home in Arcadia. Pastor Ellis Cross will officiate. Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia.

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