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Nell Tompkins, a retired bookkeeper for the U.S. Army and Armed Forces Reserve, died Tuesday in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a lengthy illness. She was 83.

Born Nell Stempien in Niagara Falls, she attended Trott Vocational High School.

Mrs. Tompkins worked many years ago as bookkeeper at Herberts Air Service in Fullerton, Calif., and later worked for the Department of Defense and U.S. Army at Fort Niagara in Youngstown and the Army Support Center in Niagara Falls. She also worked at the Armed Forces Reserve Center for the 365th Evacuation Hospital in Niagara Falls, retiring after 23 years in 1981.

She was a member of the Niagara Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and Jonquil Grove 6117, Woodmen of the World. She also was a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program at the John Duke Senior Center and at the Health Association of Niagara County. She was known for her talent with crafts.

Her first husband, Casimer Grzybowski, died in 1943. Her second husband, Marwood N. "Woodie" Tompkins, died in 1986.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol Jean Hotto of Fort Collins, Colo., and a sister, Jane Zymroz of Niagara Falls.

Services were held today in Labuda Funeral Home. Entombment was in Gate of Heaven Mausoleum, Lewiston.


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