With profound sadness the family announces the passing of Elinor Edna Thompson, our loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to all whose lives she touched, on July 16, 2022. “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

Elinor was born to the late Colin and Gertrude Thompson on February 17, 1953, in Fort Frances. After graduating from Fort Frances High School she married and began building her family. Their family relocated to Alberta for six years but eventually returned to their hometown where she continued to live close to her loved ones.

Elinor lit up any room she entered and made an impact on so many people with her bubbly and kind personality. She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to family and was always excited to help and offer advice whenever she could. Her favourite times were spent with her family, and she especially enjoyed cooking delicious meals and desserts for everyone. Elinor grew up and had many fond memories of “the island” on Rainy Lake with her parents, which she then shared that love with her children; Elinor would pack everyone up and take her three kids to “the island” every summer for two months to live where they created and shared many happy memories. Elinor enjoyed gardening, cooking, and travelling but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Elinor is survived by her sons Chad Armstrong, Vernon (Brooke) Armstrong, and her daughter Lisa (Thor) Ruppenstein; her grandchildren Courtney Armstrong, Tristen (Christine) Badiuk, Koen Armstrong, Tayah Badiuk, Jenelle Armstrong, and Colin Armstrong; her great-grandchildren Carter, Arya, Kalesi, Everleigh, Briar and Grayson.

Elinor’s life was honoured in a private family ceremony on Tuesday, July 19, 2022. In memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation by check, c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.

Arrangements in care of Northridge Funeral Home, Emo, Ontario.

Little did we know that morning that God would call your name
In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same
It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone
For part of us went with you the day God called you home
You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide
And though we cannot see you, you are always on our side
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.