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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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