|Birth: ||Jan. 11, 1917|
|Death: ||Feb. 6, 2001|
Lucille (Poppler) Thorson was born at Alma, Montana on January 11, 1917. She was one of seven children born to Benjamin and Ruth(Knudson) Poppler. Lucille received her early education at the Burke Country School near the family farm. She finished her formal education in Joplin, graduating from Joplin High School in 1935.
Lucille married her childhood sweetheart, Clifford G. Thorson, on February 18, 1938 at Havre, Montana. Soon after, World-War II broke out. Cliff contributed to the war effort by working as a chauffeur at McDonald-Douglas Aircraft in Los Angeles, then as a riveter for Boeing Corporation in Seattle, and finally as an airplane mechanic in Great Falls. They returned to the family farm 30 miles north of Joplin in 1945. They lived, worked, and raised their family in the Joplin community from that time on. The Thorsons retired from farming in 1980.
A devoted couple, they were inseparable during their 60 years of married life together. Cliff passed away on June 6, 1998. Lucille remained at home in Joplin and continued to be as active as she could. She was recently admitted to the Liberty County Hospital in Chester where she died on the morning of Tuesday February 6, 2001. She was 84 years old.
Lucille was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a lifetime member of the Bethel Church in Joplin. She was active in WELCA and was a Sunday School teacher for many years.
Lucille's hobbies included gardening, sewing; and embroidery. The Thorsons enjoyed bowling in the Hi-Line leagues and playing cards with family and friends. She also enjoyed cooking; her family will always remember her delicious breads, gingersnaps, and Norwegian pastries. Lucille loved to listen to music, especially Christian hymns and the old tapes by Eddy Arnold and Jim Reeves. Still young at heart, she enjoyed keeping up on local high school sporting events. And just for the fun of it, she had a large collection of teddy bears.
Lucille was devoted to her family and friends. She had a warm heart heart and a good sense of humor. That's probably why she was affectionately called "Grandma Lucy" by many in in the Joplin community.
Lucille is surrvived by three children and spoouses including Nancy and Larry Olson of Joplin, Jerry and Gloria Thorson of Joplin, and Candy Nelson of Billings and Kenny Nelson of Chinook; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother Bud Poppler of Joplin; two sisters Blanche Anderson of Rudyard, and Loraine Brickman of Long Boat Key, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters Sarah, Joyce, and Laura, and a grandson Casey Lane Thorson.
Liberty County Times, Chester, MT, 14 Feb 2001 (excerpt)
Benjamin Anton Poppler (1886 - 1964)
Ruth Knutson Poppler (1886 - 1974)
Clifford George Thorson (1913 - 1998)
Candace Lorraine Thorson Nelson (1950 - 2005)*
Sarah E. Poppler (1911 - 1928)*
Earl Kenneth Poppler (1912 - 2004)*
Lucille Poppler Thorson (1917 - 2001)
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Record added: May 29, 2012
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Added: May. 29, 2012