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Katherine Thompson


Kathy Thompson, 57, Iola, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at her home. She was born Jan. 13, 1957, in Wichita, the daughter of Frank J. and Etta Mae (Lauer) Florio.
Kathy grew up in Haysville and graduated from Campus High School. She was married to Mike White on Feb. 21, 1976, and they had a daughter, Holly. He preceded her in death in 1982. On June 11, 1983, Kathy married Larry Thompson and they made their home in the Wichita area until moving to Iola in 1989. Kathy worked as a paraprofessional at Jefferson Elementary School. She then worked for Iola Vision Source before going back to work as a paraprofessional at the Iola High School.
Survivors include her husband Larry; one son, Jonathan Thompson, Colony; three daughters, Holly Jerome, Amanda Thompson and Katie Thompson, all of Iola; her parents, Frank and Etta Florio, Mulvane; three brothers, Ronald, Mulvane, Rick, Derby, and Michael, Wichita; four sisters, Teresa Thompson, Topeka, Lorianne Nighswonger, Rose Hill, Lisa Neal, Indiana, and Leanne Igo, Dallas, Texas; seven grandchildren, Abigail and Liliana Jerome, Brody and Hannah Thompson, Molly Jo and Ethan Riebel and Logan Thompson-Belknap.
Cremation has taken place. Funeral liturgy will be at noon Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church, Iola. A celebration tribute will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the lecture hall at Iola High School. Memorials are suggested to Kappa Alpha Chapter of Phi Tau Omega Sorority or Allen County Hospice and can be left with Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola, that is in charge of arrangements. To sign the guest book online or to leave a condolence go to


Mary L. Martin


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Gro Gifford


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Jean Barr


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