Shirley Elizabeth Tompkins, age 84, of, Ogallala, NE, passed away, Monday, December 2, 2019 at the Linden Court Nursing Home in North Platte, NE.
Shirley was born January 30, 1935 in Gering, NE to Walter and Opal (Beaird) Hartman.
She attended Paxton High School and graduated in 1953. On January 7, 1958 she was united in marriage to Allen Tompkins at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Paxton, NE. She attended Kearney State College and transferred to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where she graduated in 1959.
Shirley and Al made their first home in Garden Grove, California and Anaheim, CA. They moved to Ogallala in 1963. Shirley went to work for Ogallala Public Schools until she retired in 1995. During her teaching years, she taught in Sidney, Lincoln, Garden Grove, CA, Ogallala and North Platte. Shirley taught kindergarten for most of her 34 years of teaching.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Charles.
Shirley is survived by her husband, Allen Tompkins; 1 son; Michael (Melanie) Tompkins, of Bend, OR; 2 daughters; Sherri Tompkins, of Lincoln, NE; Tracy (Joel) Jorgensen, of Folsom, CA; 1 sister, Maxine (Robert) Perlinger, of Paxton; 1 sister-in-law; Janice (Larry) Ott, of Tucson, AZ; and 6 grandchildren.
Visitation will be held, Thursday, December 5, 2019, from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., in the Draucker Funeral Home Chapel in Ogallala, NE.
Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Paxton, NE, with Rev. JA Welsh officiating.
Interment will take place in the Paxton Cemetery.
Memorials have been established in her memory.
Online condolences may be sent by signing the Guest Book at www.drauckerfuneralhome.com. The service will be live streamed.
Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala is entrusted with arrangements.
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