Phyllis Jean 'Phyl' Thompson, 78, passed away Aug. 30, 2010. She is survived by sisters-in-law; Susie Thompson of Kearney, Neb., Judy Thompson of Chicago, Ill.; nephews; Blain (Karen) Thompson and Stafford (Jean) Thompson, both of Johnson Lake, Neb. and Shannon Thompson of Kearney, Neb.; grandnephews, Bryan Thompson and Logan Thompson of Lincoln, Neb.; niece; Mariah Thompson of Lincoln, Neb., and special friend and companion, Beverly Beard of Pueblo, Colo. Preceded in death by her parents, J. Courtney and Stella W. Thompson; brothers, Donald C., Loren L. Thompson; and an infant sister. Phyllis was born to J. Courtney and Stella W. (Bunger) Thompson on Sept. 28, 1931, in Kearney, Neb. Phyllis graduated from Kearney's Longfellow High where she excelled in music and sports. She graduated from Kearney State College with a degree in English Education and was active in the Orchestra. After college, Phyllis taught in Kearney and Sidney, Neb. before gaining her Masters degree from Adams State College in Gunnison, Colo. in School Administration. In 1959, Phyllis joined the faculty at Pueblo District 60, as the director of the Physical Education program and Pep Club sponsor at South High School, later becoming a guidance counselor at both Pueblo South and later Pueblo Centennial High School. She retired after 30 years in the Pueblo School District. Phyllis was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker Football and Denver Broncos Fan. She enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time at her cabin at Westcliffe, Colo. and spending time back in Nebraska with family. She was very involved in the community. Phyllis was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Pueblo and the First Christian Church in Kearney. She was a former member of the State Advisory Committee of the Colorado State Department of Education and received countless honors from educational, philanthropic and military organizations. Phyllis was honored by the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs for outstanding recruitment of cadets. She touched several hundreds, if not thousands, of students over her many years as guidance counselor and took an active part in many students' education, assuring those that wanted to go on to higher education had an opportunity. She dearly loved all of her students and was well respected and admired by her colleagues and educators. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at First Baptist Church, 9th and Grand Ave., with Pastor Frank Proffer officiating. A memorial service will be held at Horner, Lieske, McBride and Kuhl Funeral Home in Kearney, Neb. Interment at the Kearney, Neb. Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Pueblo, Pueblo Frontier Hospice or P.A.W.S for Life through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. It’s hard to find knowledgeable folks on this subject, however you sound like you already know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  2. Dearest Bev; Phyl will be missed by Nissa and myself. I enjoyed the time we spent together and the laughs we had in church and in the choir. I do pray so much for you and hope that God is watching over you as well. We love you and are thinking about you.

  3. In the fall of 1965 I did my student teaching at South High School, in Physical Education under Ms. Thompson. What a great experience I had! Phyllis had 60-65 students in each of her classes. I was so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a great lady!!

  4. I will remember Ms. Thompson with great fondness and I can see her smile when think of her. My Sincerest Sympathy to her loved ones. She will always hold a special place in my memories of life at South High.

  5. What a great teacher Ms. Thompson was! I was a shy kid who hated English and school. Her calm explanation of how much better she knew I could perform inspired me. My handwriting to this day gets compliments due to her. I sent her a postcard from Italy back in 1974 telling her how great she was. She was the best teacher I ever had! I have thought of her many times over the years and my deepest condolences to the family.

  6. As a former student of Ms Thompson, I can say from experience that she was a fair and dedicated teacher. I have very happy memories of her in PE class and Pep club activities. She was always there for guidance and a shoulder. Will always remember her fondly. With the greatest respect, sincerely,

  7. Aunt Phyllis was a great lady. She will be greatly missed. We have our memories and that is comforting. Thank you, Bev for being there.

  8. Beverly, you are so wonderful the way you’ve taken care of Sus. We all love you very much. I pray that God helps with this loss and shows us the way. Sus will be missed by all who knew her.

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