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Divona Beatrice Thompson Eltzroth passed away peacefully Feb. 7, 2018. "Dee" was born in Bloomington, Indiana, on April 28, 1929, to Dale Pierce Thompson and Marjorie Brown Thompson. When Dee was 4 months old, her grandparents and her parents moved to Peru, Indiana, for work. Dee spent the first 10 years of her life living with her grandparents and attended Victory School. Her parents were able to afford the rent on a house when Dee was 10 and the family moved out. She changed schools to Lincoln Grade School for fifth and six grade, junior high and graduated from Peru High School in 1947, majoring in art.
After high school she and her friends got jobs as operators with the phone company. She got a call from a guy asking her out. She told him didn't know him to which he responded he didn't know her either. On that logic she agreed to go out with him. When Art showed up at the door, he was so "dreamy," she decided that he was the one.
Art and Dee married Dec. 31, 1949.
They lived in Angola, Indiana, while Art was finishing college at Tri-State. When Art graduated, they moved to an apartment in Chicago. Their first daughter Patricia "PG" was born there. Art worked at a lab for Container Corporation of America for two years before moving to Fernandina Beach, Florida, to work in quality Control at CCA. After living on the beach for two years in a small cottage with Sam, the dog, and PG, they were able to afford a house at 711 Amelia Drive. Their second daughter Cynthia "Cindi" was born there.
In 1960, Art was transferred to CCA in Baltimore. The family rented a house on a thoroughbred farm in Crownsville, Maryland. Dee spent her time there learning to drive for the 1st time, raising the girls, corralling loose thoroughbreds, organizing a Brownie troop. The family later bought a house in Harness Creek Maryland on 2 acres for them and their pony Nipper.
In 1965 Art got transferred to Cleburne, Texas. Dee went from 2 to 200 acres. She learned to sew for the girls, run the farm, crochet, quilt and paint.
In 1974 Art and Dee started AGE Box Company on 8.8 acres of their farm. Early on, she became a proficient in corporate office functions, helping AGE establish the new branches. Dee worked at the company, later AGE Industries, LTD, for many years and was its executive secretary at her death.
Dee served as president and treasurer for the Johnson County Genealogy Society for many years. She and her friends spent Tuesday mornings assisting with genealogy research at the Cleburne Library.
Many of the joys in her later life were her grandchildren, her great grand-child, her beloved pet "JT", Dr. Pepper, chocolate and NCIS.
Dee survived by her daughters, Patricia Eltzroth Griswold (husband Samuel Ames Griswold) and Cynthia Nadine Eltzroth Murdock; grandchildren, John Arthur Griswold, Kelly Elizabeth Griswold Willmann (spouse Carlton Willmann) and Meagan Dee Murdock Tonry (spouse Michael Tonry); great-grandson, (at last) Hudson Ames Willmann; sisters, Judith Ann Thompson Correll (spouse Phillip Correll), Roberta Dalene Thompson Lee (spouse Dr. Donald Lee) and Debra Lynne Thompson Minco (spouse Leonard Minco); and brother Dale Lee Thompson (spouse Sandra Blinn).
She was predeceased in death by her husband, Arthur G. Eltzroth; sister, Betty Louise Thompson Lavoncher; and granddaughter, Rachel Leigh Murdock.
Donations can be made to the Johnson County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1256, Cleburne, TX 76033-1256.
Celebration of Life buffet will be held at La Fiesta Restaurant 704 North Main Cleburne, Texas this Saturday, February 17 from 1:30 - 3:30.
Published on February 14, 2018
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