Letha Ann (Kunkel) Thompson was born on January 11, 1932 to James and Retha (Cheek) Kunkel at home in Sedgwick County, Kansas. She left this life for another on August 26, 2021. She was the first of five children born to her parents. Her siblings are brothers, Jim and Bob and sisters Sharon and Jo. She attended school in Clearwater, Kansas. In September 1953, she married Raymond W. Thompson. To this yours and mine marriage, she brought two sons, Michael and Russel, and Raymond brought 3 daughters, Barbara, Martha and Virginia. In August 1954, they added their daughter, Krystal, making a yours, mine and ours family. Ann worked at several jobs before starting her career at Beech Aircraft in 1956 and retired in 1994. She worked in various departments, but spent the most of her years in the statistical analyst department and finishing her career as crew chief in the tool-grinding department. Ann and Ray loved to dance and every opportunity they had, you could be sure that they were on the floor moving around and around with lots of people watching them enjoy themselves. She loved to travel and went as often as she could, always wishing for the next trip before she completed the one she was on. She especially enjoyed going on cruises. She and Ray went on several Caribbean cruises and later in life she was able to go to Europe on a couple cruises, through the Panama Canal and an Alaskan cruise. Ann’s other loves were fishing and camping, quilting, playing cards, and cooking for family get togethers. She made peanut brittle and hot cinnamon candy every Christmas and shared with others. The fishing escapades would make everyone laugh, from a crawdad going up her pant leg while fishing the riffles to Ray almost getting a fishhook in his nose by their friends. Prior to Raymond’s death in 2002, they would winter in Arizona and mostly in Florida. After his passing, she continued to go to Florida for the winters, staying either in the retirement park or the last several years, with her sister, Jo, in Bradenton, Florida. Four years ago, Jo moved back to El Dorado, Kansas and that stopped their winter visits. Unfortunately, Ann’s health started declining in late 2017 and she broke a hip in May 2018. At that time, she became a resident at Lake Point Nursing Home in El Dorado in June of 2018 and was finally able to move into the assisted living portion in July of 2019. Her loss of independence weighed heavily on her and she would let everyone know as often as she could. Ann was preceded in death by her parents, James and Retha Kunkel, her husband of 49 years, Raymond Thompson, son-in-law Bob Chambers and one great-grandchild. She is survived by her step-children, Barbara Miller of Phoenix, Arizona, Martha Rowley of El Dorado, Kansas, Virginia Chambers of Tunnelton, West Virginia, Mike (Monica) Thompson of El Dorado, Rusty (Linda) Thompson of Rosalia, Kansas, and Krystal (Dave) Hutfles of Derby, Kansas, 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by Jim (Cheryl) Kunkel of Clearwater, Kansas, Bob (Carolyn) Kunkel of Eads, Tennessee, Sharon (Ron) Whistler of Kansas City, Missouri and Jo Hay of El Dorado, Kansas and several nieces and nephews.
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