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Born: Aug 30, 1926

Date of Passing: Aug 22, 2019

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(nee LUND)
August 30, 1926 - August 22, 2019

Jesmond Thompson passed away peacefully August 22, in her home in Whitehorse, Yukon.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, August 31, 2:00 p.m., at Stonewall (MB) United Church, (369 First Ave. N.). There will be a prior private interment in Stonewall Cemetery for immediate family.
This obituary will also appear shortly at
Born Sarah Jesmondine Lund in 1926, in Stonewall, where she grew up, Jesmond graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1946 with a BA. She taught high school in Dryden, ON, for a year, then worked as an organizer for the Student Christian Movement in Winnipeg, and at the United Church's Stella Mission, an immigrant mission in north-end Winnipeg.
In 1951, she married Rev. Glen Thompson of Davidson, SK. In 1955, Glen and Jesmond took up a church post in Berens River, before moving to Windsor Park United in Winnipeg, in 1961. Six children - Laurie (Lois Berry), Jennifer (Zack Gross), Ann Thompson Courchene, Heather Todd (Randy), Murray (Linda Wenstob), and Sheila (Mike Burdett) - came in quick succession. Life was busy with raising a family and the hosting, music playing, and Sunday School teaching of a minister's wife.
In 1972, Jesmond, Glen, and four children relocated to the new mining city of Thompson. There, Jesmond completed an Education degree and taught French. In 1988, they retired to Anola, where both were active in Anola United Church. In 2002, it was another move to Gimli, MB, where Jesmond and Glen continued to be active in community and church life at Winnipeg Beach United Church. Glen passed away in 2014. A year later, Jesmond moved to live with her youngest daughter Sheila and partner Mike in Whitehorse.
Her 500-name Christmas letter list tracked her life. She stayed in touch with a huge network of friends and family from all the communities where she had lived, by letter, phone, then email, and always as a gracious host to visitors.
Jesmond's family of six children and partners, 12 grandchildren and partners, and eight great-grandchildren remember Jesmond's graciousness, her determination and strength of will, her tolerance and patience, and her progressive social views. Above all, they remember her positive outlook on life and her love of family. Two granddaughters and three great-grand-daughters carry her names in her honour.
In memory of Jesmond, her family asks that you do an act of kindness. If you so desire, you may also donate to Indspire ( or the St. Amant Centre (

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 24, 2019

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • There are great people and there are good people. Jesmond was both. Her generous spirit and genuine interest and care for people are the legacy that she leaves behind. While we are saddened by your loss and she will be missed she won’t be forgotten. At this time our thoughts and prayers are with you. – Edythe Floate (cousin) and Family - Posted by: Dennis Floate (Second Cousin) on: Aug 30, 2019

  • My condolences to the family. I met Jesmond at Juniper School in Thompson where she was the French teacher. I appreciated her grace and patience with the students and her love of the French language that she tried to instill in her students. I enjoyed her tortiere that she brought to the staff Christmas pot luck dinners. She was a very classy lady. God bless each family member as you take time to reflect on her busy life. - Posted by: RuthSaunders (Teaching Colleague) on: Aug 30, 2019

  • What a great friendship we had with Jesmond and Glen when we lived at Gimli and we all worshipped at Winnipeg Beach United. Blessingss to the Thompson family. Sincerely, Norma Lowe - Posted by: Norma Lowe (Friend) on: Aug 30, 2019

  • Our condolences to Jesmond's family. Your Father and Mother were my Mum's rock when my Dad passed suddenly in 1975. Through the years Mum was privileged to be on Jesmond's Christmas card list and always enjoyed hearing of the family. We made a quick visit with your parents while in Manitoba for Inco reunion in Thompson. As only they could...we were welcomed with open arms and the visit was far too short. RIP will be missed. - Posted by: Beatrice Maltby and daughter and son in law, Cheryl and Ross (Thompson friends) on: Aug 29, 2019

  • A wonderful lady who inspired all those around her, particularly her children who continue to serve in this world. Our condolences to family and friends. I regret not seeing her in Whitehorse in the spring. Rest in Peace - Posted by: John Donovan (Family friend) on: Aug 28, 2019

  • Mrs Thompson was an inspiration and guide to me and my wife Patricia (Patsy). While she was in Berens River, as my wife retells, she would invite many children to her house for crafts..and cookies. Oh so many good stories and happy joy memories my wife has of Mrs Thompson. Later when were in Thompson I was also fortunate to meet the whole family. Several invites to a meal. And always gracious, friendly host to us. Fond memories. a wee bit  from Robbie Burns: To Mary in Heaven:  I don't think that memories can be described any better... Still o'er these scenes my mem'ry wakes, And fondly broods with miser-care; Time but th' impression stronger makes, As streams their channels deeper wear - Posted by: Henry Keddie (Friend) on: Aug 28, 2019

  • Jesmond and Glen were such kind and gracious supports to us when George became a lay minister in Dugald/Anola many years ago. Despite the fact that George had no previous experience, they welcomed us as colleagues and affirmed everything we did. We have been fortunate enough to have maintained connection with Jesmond all these years, most recently through her daughter Anne and her grandson, Alex. She is an inspiration to us in her faith, her compassion and her acceptance of difference. God bless you Jesmond! - Posted by: Barbara and George Feenstra (Friend) on: Aug 28, 2019

  • I was glad to know Jesmond first as a colleague when we both taught at Juniper School in the mid-seventies, and then throughout my time in Thompson. When she and Glen moved to Gimli I would always be glad to see that smile. Jesmond was a gentle, spirited woman with a great sense of humour. When she spoke to you, you knew you mattered to her - and that's a beautiful gift. I send my sincere condolences to her family, and wish her peace. - Posted by: Kate Ferris (Friend) on: Aug 27, 2019

  • Our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved mother. She was always a beautiful, gentle soul. Rev. Thompson married us in 1981, and we remember him with great fondness as well. Thinking of your family at this sad time as you celebrate a well lived life. - Posted by: Nickie and Carl Jensen (Friend) on: Aug 27, 2019

  • Here on the mountain where I live, the setting sun glows through the darkening forest and I always think of Jesmond and Glen. Jesmond was my inspiration - her humour, her graciousness and wisdom, her social conscience - all these have had a major influence on the course I set for myself as a very young bride and mother. In nearly half a century, Jesmond and Glen have been a steadfast presence in my life. May the memory of a beautiful soul give you all comfort and peace. - Posted by: Marion McGill Hodge (Friend) on: Aug 27, 2019

  • I met Glen and Jesmond many years ago when I worked with Sheila up north. Once meeting them it quickly became apparent what big hearts the two of them had. And how quickly you became 'family.' I remember Jesmond serving a small group of us weary northern nurses lunch out in their gazebo one day. A flower at each of our places, everything looking just perfect, and the food marvelous. We were pampered and felt like royalty that day. The quiet wisdom, unassuming manner, humor, support and love shine through when I think of Jesmond. The values instilled in their family by both Jesmond and Glen are unsurpassed. People as genuine as the Thompson's are few and far between. I feel blessed to have known them. Rest in peace my friends. - Posted by: Brenda Dow (Friend) on: Aug 27, 2019

  • It was an honor to know you beautiful Mother. She truly was a Godsend to many. She helped me so graciously out of many binds as we were both Caregivers. She was the best neighbor my Mom and I ever had! Thank you ever so much for coming to my rescue. Peace be thine. - Posted by: Elaine Ungarian (Former neighbor) on: Aug 25, 2019

  • When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure. Glen and Jesamond had touched many many lives in their own different and beautiful ways. During our years in Thompson, Manitoba, they took us (my late dear Nalini and myself) as their own family. The relationship had continued through their years at Anola and later in Gimli and Whitehorse. Those who have brought us joy, made us laugh, and shown us love, have given us the lasting gifts of a beautiful life and blessed our memories forever. May the memory of her beautiful soul help you find strength and know peace. - Posted by: Kidoor BHAT (Close friend like a family) on: Aug 25, 2019

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