Charlotte Jean (Faxon) Thompson, 88, passed away peacefully in her home in rural Salem, Indiana surrounded by her family.
Born in Campbellsville, Kentucky to Rodney James Faxon and Ruby Jewell (Holt) Faxon, Charlotte lived in many places, but only one was called home; the homestead she built with Benjamin Franklin (Frank) Thompson (1930-1986) in Salem.
The two married on Valentine’s Day in 1948 and went on to
raise four children. When they moved to Salem, Indiana in the early 70’s, Charlotte turned in her dancing shoes for work boots, and they built their home board by board.
The house and the land upon which it sits became a refuge for the Thompson family and all whom they called friends. After Frank’s passing, Charlotte naturally became the familial
matriarch, an absolute gem to all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
As a Jefferson Township Trustee, Charlotte provided assistance to
community members in need.
She was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Salem. After retiring from Jean’s Extrusions, Charlotte converted Frank’s workshop into a master suite, transforming the home
into the Wildwood Acres Inn Bed & Breakfast.
She was a jovial and accommodating hostess, and even learned some tips from other hosts when traveling to Great Britain–a lifelong dream she never believed would materialize until her granddaughter suggested they travel together there. While in England, the two visited Shakespeare’s world-famous Globe Theatre for a play, one of Charlotte’s favorite pastimes, as she
was a season ticket holder at the Derby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville, Indiana.
Charlotte had a flair for entertaining and gaming, often
challenging her grandchildren to some cut-throat Scrabble games, and even teaching them Euchre in their younger years. She, very simply, found her joy in watching the joy of her family together.
Charlotte is survived by her children James L. (Marsha) Thompson, Rodney B (LeeAnn) Thompson, Cina A. (Chuck) Bogdas; her grandchildren Marnie (Jamie) Bennett, Christopher (Carrie) Thompson, Rachel Thompson, Jessica (Jeremy) DeWitt, Charlene Monnier, and Benjamin Franklin Thompson; and
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 11th at 4:00 pm at Dawalt Funeral Home in Salem, Indiana.
Graveside services will be held in Springfield, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department.