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Theresa Thompson-Dafforn

October 14th, 2008 Theresa Thompson-Dafforn of Hatton finished her journey on earth peacefully surrounded by family and entered her heavenly home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Theresa was born August 4th, 1961 the daughter of Robert Voelker and the late Shirley (Johnson) Voelker. She attended grade school at Niagara Elementary School and graduated from Unity High School in 1979. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Moorhead State University in 1983 and a Master's degree in Elementary Guidance Counseling in 1999 from NDSU. Theresa married Scott Thompson in 1985 and together they had three lovely daughters, Kendra, Kayla and BriAnna. Scott passed away in 1998. In 2004, she married Brian Dafforn adding three stepsons, David, Eric and Jake. Theresa dedicated twenty five years of service to the Hatton School District teaching Kindergarten for fifteen years and then a School Guidance Counselor.
She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where she was very active over the years. Theresa enjoyed quilting, gardening, crafts, oil painting, photography, drama, all kinds of music and going home and spending time on the farm. She always enjoyed spending time with family and friends, but her most cherished joy was her daughters.

Theresa is survived by her husband, Brian; daughters, Kendra, Kayla and BriAnna Thomspon all of Hatton, North Dakota, step-sons, David, Eric and Jake Dafforn all of Hatton, North Dakota; father, Robert Voelker of Niagara, North Dakota; sisters, Kathryn (Dennis) Dalbey and Roberta (Robin) Carlson both of Fordville, North Dakota; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her mother, husband, Scott and her grandparents.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Saturday, October 18, 2008 at the Hatton High School Gym in Hatton with burial in St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Hatton.

Visitation will be on Friday at St. John Lutheran Church in Hatton from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm with a 7:00 pm Prayer Service and one hour prior to services at the High School Gym.

Memorials may be directed to the Theresa Thompson-Dafforn Memorial Scholarship Fund, St. John Lutheran Church Technology Fund or the Hatton Area Angel Fund.

The Bilden Funeral Home of Hatton is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Theresa was the aunt that I always needed, wanted to be around, loved, cared deeply about, and one that I will miss deeply. Her life lives through all of us.

Heather Johnson Nov 13 2008 12:00 AM

Theresa and I played husband and wife in the never ending play "Milk Dreams". I adored her! She lite up the room with her smile and energy. She was such a special person.

Mark Heskin Nov 10 2008 12:00 AM

Theresa is not only a very dear friend of mine she was my very first BEST FRIEND. From our early days in Sunday school to our big move from the elementary school in Niagara to Petersburg, Theresa was there by my side. She had a life that touched so many and she will be greatly missed by all. Though it is so difficult at this time, Theresa would not want us to be so sad but rather want us to celebrate a life well lived. So here's to you Theresa. Thanks for being such a wonderful example for us all. Love, Janelle

Janelle (Krueger) Ellis Oct 24 2008 12:00 AM

I was so sorry to learn of Theresa's passing. My condolences to her family. I will always remember her as the cute little blue eyed dolly from high school. I hope you can find comfort in the wonderful memories everyone shares.

Wendie Gilbertson Estes Oct 20 2008 12:00 AM

Theresa was the most genuine person I have ever met. It was a privilege to know her. My heart goes out to the girls and the rest of the family. She will be sorely missed.

Jeff Thompson Oct 19 2008 12:00 AM

God bless you all at this time. Theresa was my kindergarten teacher and always my favorite. Lisa (Krogstad) Picka & Family

Lisa (Krogstad) Picka Oct 19 2008 12:00 AM

Theresa was my Kindergarten teacher and one of the sweetest people I have ever met. She always had a smile on her face! Her legacy will live on in her beautiful girls! Heaven gained an angel the day we lost Theresa.

Melinda Baxley Oct 19 2008 12:00 AM

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I only knew Theresa for the one school year that I had the privilege of working with her. She was a great support for me and all those lives she touched. Her kindness, compassion, and enthusiasm will never be forgotten. She will be dearly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers. -Marita

Marita Kendig Oct 18 2008 12:00 AM

Kerwin Wolfgram Oct 17 2008 12:00 AM

We will miss Theresa so much! She was such a wonderful person and impacted so many of our lives! Sympathies to her family!

Julie Magnus Oct 17 2008 12:00 AM

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