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Effie Thompson

June 12, 1937 January 9, 2024
Effie Thompson
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Effie Ritter Thompson, of Mangum passed away on January 9, 2024. Effie was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Robert and Mrytle Ritter on June 12th. At that time, she joined two brothers and was then followed by four more ornery brothers. Growing up as the only little girl (also known as the little princess), she learned really quickly how to outplay, outwork and of course outsmart her brothers.

At the age of 16 Effie was ready to move on to her next adventure, her first love Tommy J. Thompson. They were married on July 16th and the honeymoon began. I am sure you all know the story, first comes love, then comes marriage, Oops, here comes Rocky in the baby carriage! And that baby carriage came by two more times with Margaret and Then Paula.

Even though she had her hands full with her husband and children, she still had time to take on a

job outside of the home. Effie had many jobs throughout her life. Most of the time she worked

more than one job. Her motto was, “if you had any problem no matter how big or small, get a job,

and if you had a job get a second job, or a third job” (do you get the picture). She worked as a

waitress at the Taste-Freez, in social services at the nursing home, she became an EMT for the

Greer County Ambulance Service and at the hospital and several other positions within the

hospital and area clinics. Effie loved people and doing things for them. After working at the

nursing home, she had a great idea to buy a restaurant so she could serve many! Effie started with

the Tastee-Freez, then moved down the street to the Dairy Queen which eventually

became known as Effie’s. After selling, she needed something to do, so she went to work at the

Oklahoma State Reformatory. After retirement she wasn’t quite ready to quit working, so she went

back to work. Her last official job was once again in social services at the hospital.

Effie was involved in many organizations, but her favorite was, Girl Scouts, where she served as

the leader, the neighborhood chairman for Greer County, and the Camp Director at Camp Kate in

Granite for many years. Her second favorite organization was the Mangum Mounties (it was really

Tommy’s favorite) but it became just as important to her. Due to their commitment and dedication,

they became the Mountie's only Lifetime Members. Along with volunteering, Effie’s hobbies

included painting, fishing with her brothers Bill and Melvis, gardening and canning, and having

her grandkids attend ‘Granny Effie’s Cooking School’.

Those who were waiting on Effie with open arms were her Parents Robert and Myrtle Ritter, her

brothers John and wife Evelyn, Bill and wife Hazel, Melvis, Lane, baby brother Floyd, and most

certainly, the light of her life, her husband Tommy whom she was married to for 64 wonderful


The family she leaves behind are Tommy’s kids by his first wife, Rocky and wife Dana, Margaret

and husband James, and Paula; Grandkids, Stoney, Dustin, April, Danielle and husband

Vinnie, and Kelsey and husband Joel; Great Grandchildren, Brooklyn, Jasper, Makahla, Angel,

Jasmin, Nicholas, Alex, Liam, Asher, and Jayden. And a great great grandbaby on the way;

Brother Skipper and wife Peggy; Sisters in Law, Velma and Debbie. And her best friend Bernice

Channell; A host of many nieces, nephews, and cousins (lots of cousins)

Effie’s final words to you all.

“Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Jesus loves you and I do too!!!”

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6:00 PM 1/12/2024 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1/12/2024 8:00:00 PM
Greer Funeral Home

235 South Pennsylvania
Mangum, OK 73554

Greer Funeral Home
235 South Pennsylvania Mangum 73554 OK
United States





2:00 PM 1/13/2024 2:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 1/13/2024 3:00:00 PM
The Lighthouse Church

128 N. Pennsylvania Ave
Mangum, OK 73554

The Lighthouse Church
128 N. Pennsylvania Ave Mangum 73554 OK
United States





1:00 PM 1/19/2024 1:00:00 PM - 1:30 PM 1/19/2024 1:30:00 PM
Fort Sill National Cemetery

2648 NE Jake Dunn Rd.
Elgin, OK 73551

Fort Sill National Cemetery
2648 NE Jake Dunn Rd. Elgin 73551 OK
United States

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