Betty Colleen Rhea Thompson, 72, of Sandyville passed away peacefully at her home following a long illness on Saturday, July 28, 2018.

She was born on October 29, 1945 at Buchannon, WV, a daughter of the late Rev. Ulysis and Violet Marcum Rhea.

She was a homemaker while her children were young, then became a Social Worker for Jackson County. She began her career at the former Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center at Jackson General Hospital. She moved on to Community Resources and opened The former Rhea House homeless shelter in Ripley. She then was employed by Walmart of Ripley and retired from Coldwater Creek of Mineral Wells in 2007.

She is survived by her loving husband, and caretaker up until the end, of 55 years Clair Dwight Thompson. Her son, Brian and his wife Jami of Ripley and her daughter Allison (Ali) Thompson of Ravenswood. Grandsons Xander Thompson and Caleb and Isaac Beckner of Ripley. And, her beloved Granddog, Roscoe.

She made the selfless decision to donate her body and organs to the Medical Unit at West Virginia University.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, August 5th, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Drift Run Church, Sandyville with Pastor Dave Long officiating. Her body will be cremated upon completion at WVU and there will be no burial.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The American Cancer Society in honor of Betty.