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Colleen "Coke"

A. Thompson

Jul 12, 2022 (0)

Trenton — Colleen "Coke" Ann Thompson, 69, of Trenton, formerly of O'Neill, died Friday, June 24, 2022 from complications of kidney failure after a long battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at St. James Catholic Church in Trenton with a rosary said prior to mass. Fr. Gary Brethour officiated.

Burial was held Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell.

Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.

Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel in McCook was in charge of the arrangements.

Coke was born Colleen Ann White on March 24, 1953.

Coke's life was full since childhood. As a teenager she performed as one of the original Irish Dancers in O'Neill, Nebraska's Annual Heritage celebrations. 

After graduation from St. Mary's  Catholic High School, she traveled to Kansas City and Chicago, as a young woman, where she worked with racehorses - a lifelong love. 

At age 28, she met Ron, and their 40-year partnership was marked by a love of the outdoors. The two enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing together - including a honeymoon trip to fly fish in Montana. Ron and Coke raised three boys, all college graduates, and she lovingly supported many trips to their sporting events, through the years.

A talented athlete herself, she played volleyball, softball and a mean game of pocket billiards. 

Coke worked in agricultural statistics, chasing down busy farmers to record key crop and livestock data. 

She loved to tend her garden and home in Trenton, which was always a place of love and welcome for family and strangers alike. She will be dearly missed in conversation and correspondence by her many beloved friends. 

Coke is survived by her husband Ron; her three sons Cliff, John and Ryne; as well as her four siblings Jack, William, Shannon and Francie.

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