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NORALEE J. HUTTON THOMPSON

Noralee J. Hutton Thompson, an Air Force Reserve veteran and former carpenter at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base, died Wednesday (Oct. 23, 1996) in her Youngstown-Lockport Road home, while receiving care from Niagara Hospice. She was 44.

The former Noralee Nelson was born in Niagara Falls and had attended Niagara-Wheatfield schools.

Mrs. Thompson also worked for Union Carbide in Niagara Falls until the plant closed and then attended adult education courses at the Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services Center in Sanborn, earning state certification in building trades, maintenance, cabinetmaking and blueprint reading and layout.

She then worked as a quality control supervisor for a local furniture manufacturer, leaving in 1984 to join the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

After basic training, she returned to Niagara Falls to work as a carpenter in the Civil Engineering Unit at the base. She was transferred to a structural maintenance unit at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., and had received several letters of commendation before leaving the service in 1990.

Mrs. Thompson also worked on a citrus farm in Florida for one season and then worked for several years in the lumber industry before returning to this area.

In Florida she was a certified volunteer firefighter. Her hobbies included structural design, landscaping and riding motorcycles.

Mrs. Thompson is survived by her mother, Isabelle Nelson of Niagara Falls; a son, Todd J. Douglas of Prattville, Ala.; a brother, Axel T. Nelson III of Mobile, Ala.; a sister, Cindy Lou Gertz of Lockport; her companion, Michael W. Hutton; and a grandson.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today in Hardison Funeral Homes, 3648 Ransomville Road.

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