Lila Thompson

Nov. 14, 1919-June 22, 2020

Lila Thompson, 100,

Minot, ND, formerly of

Upham, ND, passed away

Monday, June 22, 2020, in

a Minot care center.

Lila Gay Kitzman was

born November 14, 1919,

the daughter of Edwin

and Emelia (Wittmayer)

Kitzman, in Upham, ND.

She was raised in the Up-

ham area and attended

the Wahl and Deep River

country schools. She was

confirmed at Bethlehem

Lutheran Church of Up-

ham in 1933.

Lila married Maynard

Thompson on December

29, 1938. They made their

home on the Thompson

Family Farm SW of Up-

ham from 1938 – 1976.

They moved to Upham in

1976 and resided there

until Lila moved to Minot

in the fall of 1996, follow

ing Maynard’s passing.

Lila was once a member

of Bethlehem Lutheran

Church of Upham, where

she was a member of the

Lutheran Women’s Mis-

sionary League (LWML),

taught Sunday School and

sang in the church choir.

She also belonged to the

Little Deep Club and the

American Legion Auxili-

ary of Upham. She was a

member of St. Mark’s

Lutheran Church of

Minot, where she

belonged to the LWML,

Quilters, Naomi Circle

and the Funeral Commit-


Lila loved going for

drives in the country with

Maynard; looking at crops

and seeing things grow.

Anytime she could go

anywhere, she was ready

to go. Taking care of many

neighbors at supper time

was done a lot in their

house. She loved going to

church on Sunday; it was

probably the highlight of

her week. Another favor-

ite pastime was spending

time with her family and

friends. She was always

there to help anyone in


Surviving family in-

cludes: Sons, Maynard

Thompson, Upham,

Myron (Shirley) Thomp-

son, Minot and Merlin

(Pam) Thompson, Love-

land, CO; daughter, Di-

Ann (Bob) Briggs, Minot;

grandchildren, Bryan (Jill)

Thompson, Bryce (Angie)

Thompson, Leilani (Eric)

Olafson, Cory Thompson,

Jody (Tadd) Demars, Chad

(Angie) Thompson, Dawn

(Jade) Bergeron, Brenda

(Patrick) Sommer, Preston

Thompson and Travis

(Keri) Thompson; 19

great-grandchildren; 1

great-great-grandson; and

numerous nieces,

nephews and cousins.

Lila was preceded in

death by: her parents;

husband, Maynard

Thompson; and brothers,

Maynard, Clayton, Virgil

and Dewey Kitzman.

Funeral: Tuesday, June

30, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at

St. Mark’s Lutheran

Church, Minot, ND. The

service will be lives-

treamed for the public to

view and can be accessed

by visiting




Interment: Tuesday,

June 30, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

at Little Deep Cemetery,

Upham, ND.

Visitation: One hour

prior to the service at the


Memorials: are pre-

ferred to St. Mark’s Luth-

eran Church, Little Deep

Cemetery or Prairie Grit

Adaptive Sports of Minot.

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