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Grace Stengel Thompson
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 • Posted May 19, 2010

Grace Stengel Thompson was born August 12, 1916 and passed away on May 13, 2010. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Claude John Thompson, on August 5, 1959, and her twin siblings, George Jordan "Dick" Stengel, and Emma Louise "Dixie" Stengel Bean.

Grace is survived by her children Toni Thompson Hurlbut and husband, James C. Hurlbut; Judith Thompson Hunter and husband Richard Hunter; Claude John Thompson and wife Kimberly Thompson; her Grandchildren Matthew Claude Hurlbut and wife Margery; Jane Hurlbut Huebner and husband Bruce; Eric Andrew Hunter and wife Mika; Rick Hunter and wife Kayla; Connor Thompson and Cole Thompson; her Great-Grandchildren Blake Hurlbut, Hanna Hurlbut, William Huebner, Geoffrey Huebner, Katherine Grace Huebner, Jace Hunter, Caden Hunter, Haley Biggs-Hunter, Kimber Grace Hunter and Mason Adams Hunter; and her Great-Great-Grandchild: Jesse Biggs.

Grace was born in Menard, Texas to a German pioneering family. Her grandparents were Peter and Emma Jordan who settled on Upper Willow Creek in Mason County in 1856. Her parents were George and Louise "Mama Ese" Stengel, who were prominent members of the Menard Community.

Grace was proud of her heritage and of her large extended family; she kept up with many of her cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews, loved them all, and loved being with them especially at family gatherings. Her front door was always open, as was her table. The family remembers many fine "spur of the moment" meals she fixed for whomever showed up. To say that she was a wonderful cook and hostess is quite an understatement.

Grace moved from Menard to Lubbock when son John enrolled at Texas Tech University. While there, she served as administrative assistant to three Deans of Students from 1972 until 1983. There could not have been a better job for Grace - she loved the students and took many of them under her wing. She’ll be fondly remembered by them all.

It was at Tech that Grace met her husband, Claude, who was President of the Student Body while she was Secretary of the Student Body. They were married in Menard in July of 1937. Grace was a life-long supporter of Texas Tech, and especially the University’s athletic programs.

Grace belonged to the PEO Sisterhood and she was also a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority.

Grace was a lifelong Methodist who loved the Lord and all around her. Always active in her church where ever she lived, she was adored by those around her.

Her family is grateful to the staff and friends at Windcrest Nursing who were so kind and caring with Grace. They also greatly appreciate her nurses at Home Health as well as Blanca Torres, Kika Berreles, and Isabel Galindo, among others who helped Grace while she lived at home in Mason.

Funeral services were held at the First United Methodist Church in Mason on Saturday, May 15, at 2:00 p.m. Burial was at Rest Haven Cemetery in Menard. Pallbearers were Matt Hurlbut, Rick Hunter, Eric Hunter, George Bean, Robert Bean, Dick Stengel and Keith Spencer.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.

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