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home : obituaries : obituaries June 29, 2015

11/14/2012 8:33:00 AM
Inga Thompson

Inga Thompson (b. July 4, 1927 - d. Nov. 4, 2012) was the first of two girls born to R.J. (Eric) and Dorothy (Dohme) Erickson on a small farm in upstate New York. Her mother was a nurse from Baltimore, Md., and her father was a physician from Galesburg, Ill.
Inga attended the Albany School for Girls and Radcliff College where she studied anthropology. After college, Inga worked as a secretary for the U.S. government hoping her work would lead to a career in foreign service.
While skiing in Idaho in the winter of 1951, she met Jim Thompson and they fell in love. Inga and Jim were married on the Erickson farm in 1951 and soon moved to the Willow Lake Farm.
In the following decade, Inga and Jim had four boys (Eric C., James A. "Tony", Horace A. "Hoddy" and Mark S. Thompson). While Jim became president of Thompson Lands (soon to become Fairland Management Company), Inga became a very active mother, homemaker and neighbor. Inga loved her cohort of women friends with whom she worked to contribute to the community.
While Inga was very active in the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council, the Cottonwood County Fair, local and state politics, homemaking and gardening, she was also among the first women to climb and ski the peaks of the Canadian Rockies.
In 1965, Inga sustained devastating injuries in an airplane crash that changed the rest of her life. She accepted her injuries as she accepted all other challenges - with unrelenting courage, good humor, creativity and very practical determination.
She was no longer physically able to be a mother and homemaker but became determined to "grow up" a second time. Despite her disabling injuries, Inga oversaw the rest of her children's childhood and education.
Focusing again on her own education, she studied at the University of Minnesota and Harvard and read voraciously. She also returned to her early interest in foreign service and diplomacy through involvement in the U.S./China Peoples Friendship Association and later the U.S./Soviet Peoples Friendship Association.
In the 1980s and early 1990s, Inga lived near the University of Minnesota and for 15 years she hosted innumerable foreign students thus exercising her interest in peace through diplomacy while also being very active in the United World Federalists of Minnesota. Between students, she made five trips to China and several to the Soviet Union at a time when such travel was very difficult.
Inga spent the remainder of her life in the comfort of her parents' Santa Fe, N.M. home where she lived with her son Eric and his family while her sister Karen lived nearby.
Inga died peacefully at home in the company of her loving family.
In addition to her four sons and sister, Inga is survived by one grandson, Jasper Honeywood Thompson, and two grand-daughters, Charlotte Andrea Thompson and Anna Carrie Thompson.
Inga will live on and influence us through our memory of her insatiable curiosity, indomitable strength and courage, aesthetic sensitivity, uninhibited love, generosity and desire for peace and good will among all people and all living things. We will love her forever.

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