KINGMAN – Local resident Hattie Thompson celebrated her 103rd birthday at the Garden’s Care Center in Kingman Monday surrounded by friends and family.
While her birthday does not actually take place until Wednesday, Hattie opened presents and enjoyed cake and ice cream as those who love her visited and showed their love and appreciation for her life.
Born in Conception, Mo., Thompson went to work for Union Pacific Railway shortly after completing school. She worked as secretary for the superintendent of the Northern Division where she met her husband, Ed. After marrying at 21, the couple moved to Carsons, Kan., where she lived until her husband passed away in 1969, according to her son, John Thompson.
At that time, Thompson went to work at the restaurant owned and operated by her eldest sister, Marie Frances Carolus and her husband in St. Joseph, Mo. She continued serving lunch and supper to people who frequented the restaurant until the age of 75.
According to her daughter-in-law, Nadine Thompson, her son went to bring her to live with them when Hattie suffered a heart attack. Nadine said Thompson lived with them for about five years before purchasing a townhouse nearby to have some independence. She continued to live on her own until 1998, when she once again moved in with her son and daughter-in-law in Chloride.
Nadine said Thompson lived with them until about a year ago. Nadine’s sister was suffering from health problems in Phoenix, and going back and forth and caring for Thompson at the same time was too much.
Thompson has two children, John and Barbara; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
“She has worked hard all of her life,” Nadine said. “She was a great mother and a real lady. I learned a lot from her.” She also said that for being 103, Thompson was in remarkable health and only took vitamins.
About two years ago, Nadine said that Thompson helped to start the Chloride chapter of the Red Hats Society and has been the Queen Mom ever since.
For her birthday wish, Thompson said she wanted to go dancing.