Johanna Louise Thompson
Johanna Louise Thompson, 96, longtime resident of Henryetta, passed away Friday, Jan. 4. Jo was born Dec. 6, 1922, in El Reno to Frank Schott and Katherine Schlauder Schott. Her family moved from Germany to Oklahoma in the early 1900’s. Jo attended school in El Reno and then moved to Oklahoma City to attend St. Anthony’s School of Nursing. She worked as an RN for many years.
On Dec. 26, 1950, she married Red Thompson and they made Henryetta their home. They had two daughters, Vicki and Pam. Jo and Red built what was to become one of Henryetta’s most notable icons, the IN & OUT Drive-in. They owned and operated the IN & OUT until 1977. After retirement, Jo devoted her time to family, especially grandchildren and great grandchildren. Jo recently said, “I have had a wonderful life, wonderful family and wonderful friends.”
Jo is preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband of 68 years, Red Thompson; one brother; and four sisters.
Jo is survived by two daughters, Vicki Taylor and husband Michael and Pam Thompson and husband Danny; two granddaughters, Stephanie Laird and Lauren Whitlock and husband Travis; two grandsons, Mike Taylor and wife Amanda and Kent Taylor and wife Denise; eight great grandchildren, Kendall, JJ, Will and Avery Perez, Aubrie Whitlock, Matthew Taylor, Harrison and Scarlett Taylor, and Jaboni and Savanna Minyard; sister-in-law, Thelma Wilson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Rogers Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Westlawn Cemetery under the direction of Rogers Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or HAART (Henryetta Animal Aide and Rescue Team).