RUGBY Esther Thompson, 96, Rugby, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, in a Rugby nursing home.
She was born Sept. 13, 1917, to Hans and Inga Braaten, in Pierce County. She married Melvin Thompson on March 30, 1947, in Pierce County.
Survivors: son, David, Rugby; daughters, Marlene Nelson, Sutton, Ila Rae LaChapelle, Walhalla; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Marvin, Scottsbluff, Neb.; sisters, Helen Armstrong, Devils Lake, Lyla Grant, Carol Anderson and Connie Hulett, all of California.