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Eureka, SD-Celebration of Life for Kathleen Leila (Opp) Thompson, 79, of Eureka will be at a later date.

Kathleen died December 18, 2019 at Avera Eureka Community Hospital.

Kathleen Leila Opp was born August 26, 1940 to Paul and Leila (Wade) Opp at Sacramento, CA.  She grew up and attended school in Sacramento. Throughout Kathleen’s youth she spent summers in Eureka, SD on the family farm. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Sacramento State University in Sacramento.

Kathleen was united in marriage to Donald Shaw in December of 1965. They made their home in California. She was a volunteer at the local school. Donald died February 9, 1976.

Kathleen then went on to earn her teaching credentials and taught Middle School for more than 25 plus years in Tracy, CA. She retired from teaching and moved to Eureka, SD in 1998. Kathleen was united in marriage to Douglas Thompson, Sr. in 2006 at Eureka.  Kathy enjoyed flower gardening.

She is survived by her husband, Douglas Sr.; son, James (Priscilla) Shaw; stepson, Douglas (Kelly) Thompson, Jr.; two grandsons, Nathan and Nicholas; two step-grandchildren; three great-grandsons and sister, Marilyn Evers.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Robert Opp.

Carlsen Funeral Home of Eureka has been entrusted with arrangements.