Lillian Thompson

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Lillian Marie Travelstead Thompson, 84, formerly of Portageville, died Feb. 13, 2018, at Portageville Nursing Center.

Born May 30, 1933, in Point Pleasant, daughter of the late Rosie Lee Pyles Travelstead and Fred Roosevelt, she graduated from the Missouri School for the Blind on June 4, 1954. She was past president of Delta Area of the Blind from March 1983 until March 2011, and she served on Delta Area Board of Representative for Missouri Council of the Blind for many years. She was a member of Sight and Sound of St. Louis from 2011 until 2018 and a member of the Missouri Council of the Blind Special Services Committee. She was on the founding members of Bootheel Area Independent Living Center and served as a board member from December 1996 until 2001. She received the Nathaniel Johnson Award for service to the blind and disabled. In 2010, she moved to St. Louis.

On Oct. 29, 1955, in Kansas City, she married Lawrence Edward "Bud" Thompson, who preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by one son-in-law, Lanny Laws; three brothers, Hershel Travelstead, Charles Travelstead and Leonard Travelstead; one sister, Christine Brown.

Survivors include: two daughters and a son-in-law, Rosemarie and Ricky Taylor and Brenda Laws of Portageville; four brothers, Maynard Travelstead, Ep Travelstead, Alfred Travelstead and Michael Travelstead; five sisters, Geraldine Smith, Peggy Wilbanks, Louise Johnson, Linda Pugh and Sue King; and four grandsons and seven great-grandchildren,

Visitation is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at DeLisle Funeral Home in Portageville, where services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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