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Eleanor 'Babe' Scanlon Thompson, 98

| December 14, 2010 11:27 AM

Eleanor "Babe" Scanlon Thompson passed away on Dec. 13, 2010.

Eleanor, nicknamed "Babe," was born Nov. 1, 1912, in Boise, to Agnes Swiekhart Scanlon and John Scanlon. She was raised in Garden Valley and Cascade, where she graduated in 1931.

While working in Horseshoe Bend, she met Clarence "Toots" Thompson. In 1933, they were married in Pendleton, Ore. They had celebrated 65 years of marriage. After living in Nyssa, Winchester and Banks, they moved to Boise in 1942.

Clarence and Eleanor, with Kenny and Faye Thompson, founded and operated Thompson Appliance on Broadway. Eleanor worked as a bookkeeper.

In 1975, the couple retired and moved to Rathdrum. They loved their daily trips to their health club. Clarence passed away in 1998. Eleanor returned to Boise in 2000. For many years, she enjoyed her little apartment, then lived her last three years at Good Samaritan Nursing Home.

She is survived by her four daughters and their spouses, including Carol Helmick and her husband Robert, and their children Matt and Wendi Helmick. Eleanor is also survived by eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held from 1-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, 5400 Fairview Ave., Boise. In celebration of her life, graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at Dry Creek Cemetery with Rev. Charles W. Spiedel officiating. A luncheon reception will follow at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel.