1951 - May 31, 2009
Craig resident Jean Thompson, 58, died May 31, 2009, at her home. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer Feb. 20, 2009.
Doris Jean was born March 20, 1951, to Harold and Ruth Burns in Dadeville, Ala. She was born at home when home delivery was still common. She was the oldest of five children. The formative years of her life were spent in Alabama, Louisiana and Texas.
The family migrated throughout the south following the flow of oilfield work. Jean's dad and several uncles routinely moved their families together, which made the transition easier on the children.
As a child, Jean had the great blessing to spend much of her time playing with and attending school with her cousins.
Jean attended Kermit High School in Kermit, Texas. She is remembered fondly as a young woman who had a gifted ability artistically. She loved fashion design; styling hair and makeup became a lifelong passion, as well as interior decorating.
She enjoyed her youth and she embraced life.
Throughout her life, Jean married four times. Though sadness and the pain of loss are part of matrimonial change, Jean's four children were born of love and filled her life and her family's life with great satisfaction and joy.
Her first marriage to Tommy Pipkin in 1968 heralded the arrival of son Thomas Kerney Pipkin Jr. and, shortly thereafter, his sister Jennie Lou.
Jean's great satisfaction from her second marriage to Frank Leroy Owens in 1977 was son Waylon William Owens. The ebb and flow of life continued, and Jean married David Plantiko in 1983. The last of her four children, Natasha Cole Plantiko, would be born to them.
Throughout her life, Jean worked a variety of jobs. She worked as a cocktail waitress and bartended for many years. Later, she owned and operated Jeannie's Thrift Shop in Craig.
Above all tasks, titles and occupations, she treasured her role as housekeeper. It provided her with the opportunity to spend more time with her grandkids. She loved and adored her children and grandchildren. A young girl from the south had grown into a woman loved as Nana.
Doris Jean Thompson enjoyed dancing, yard work, playing board games, family, friends and all the many things from her youth.
In 1977, Jean moved to Craig permanently. She would eventually meet and marry the man of her life, Kenneth "Kenny" Thompson, and together they would live a wonderful and loving life for 21 years. She experienced the love that women long for. She cherished her life with Kenny and found peace in the home they made together.
Jean is survived by her husband, Kenneth "Kenny" Thompson, of Craig; son Kerney (Laurie) Pipkin, of Rosebud, Texas; daughters Jennie (Anthony) Delgado and Natasha (Mario) Plantiko, of Craig; mother Ruth Allen; mother-in-law Violet Thompson, of Craig; sisters Vicky Shenk, Dena (Roy) Garcia and Debbie (Carl) Gross, of Craig. She is also survived by brother David (Victoria) Burns, of Craig; brother-in-law Ronnie (Debbie) McElroy, of Craig; sister-in-law Sandy (Carmen) Delgado, of Craig; nephews Eddie Garcia, of Craig, Brian (Karissa) Garcia, of Loveland, Ian and Nigel Aaberg, of Boston, Mass., and Jarrod Burns, of Almont; niece Marissa Butler, of Craig; grandchildren Kerney Pipkin, of Rosebud, Texas, Brittany, Raven and Charisma Plantiko, and Justice McMillen, all of Craig, and Tavian and Tiana Owens, of Anaheim, Calif.
Jean is also survived by extended family, many friends and a loving community. Her friend of a lifetime, Jane Tramell Carter, was always a great comfort to her.
Pastor Len Browning conducted a celebration of her life June 3, 2009, at Grant Mortuary.
Her cremains will be appropriately dispersed.
Musical selections "Country Roads," "Babe" and "Amazing Grace" commemorated her life. Father Harold Burns, niece Stephanie Gandy and son Waylon Owens preceded Jean in death.
She had come to know Jesus Christ, the Great Comforter. Her family's sadness is tempered and made bearable in that truth.
The family wishes to thank The Memorial Hospital in Craig, St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Moffat Family Clinic, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 Ladies Auxiliary. The family also thanks Jean's extended family, friends and community for the support.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.