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Niaolvia Grace Thompson-Pop

Niaolvia Grace Thompson Pop went to be with Jesus on October 31, 2020 at 9:38 a.m. at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville, IL. She was born on July 12, 1939 in Fayette County, IL to Elmer and Esther Thompson. She graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 1957 and attended Lincoln Christian College. Niaolvia retired from the State of Illinois in Springfield. Niaolvia was a member of the Second Church of Christ in Danville, IL. She resided at North Logan Health Care Center in Danville, IL.

She was the mother to Robin (Doug) Watkins of Carmi, IL; Timothy Opalka of Springfield, IL; Trista (Sam) DiVetta of Tucson, AZ; Tiffany (Chris) Pacino of Amarillo, TX; siblings: Nancy Crowe of Taylorville, IL; Judith (Dean) Huffman of Rowlett, TX; Carolyn Wands of Danville, IL; Leroy (Virginia) Thompson of Muskogee, OK and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Robert Opalka, Husband: Iggy Pop, and brothers-in-law: Keith Crowe and Gene A. Wands.

Graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Liberty Cemetery in Brownstown, IL with Dr. Leroy Thompson officiating.

Memorials may be made to North Logan Health Care Center 801 N. Logan Ave. Danville, IL 61832.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.


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I never take a lot of time to be still. I'm always hesitant because the first thing that pops in my head is stress. God decided to put you there this morning. He blessed me with happy memories in this stillness. I miss you, momma.

Tiffany Pacino Jan 17 2021 12:00 AM

Heading home from Illinois. I wanted you to know that I love and miss you.

Tiffany Pacino Nov 8 2020 12:00 AM

10/28/2020

Dear Mom,
Do you remember the time you took two 3 year old girls into your home because they were abused and neglected? How you provided food and clothing to these two girls while they were in foster care. How you spent countless hours and days worried about how to keep these two girls together. I dont think you knew it then, but you were a hero in their eyes. Just in case you didnt know.

Do you remember the time you took these two girls to the courthouse for adoption? How you dressed those two girls alike in lace, bows, and shiny shoes. You parted each girls hair on different sides. Pop had a grin ear to ear. You both swore an oath to keep them safe, to care for them, and to love them like your own. I dont think you knew it then, but I think it was divine intervention. Just in case you didnt know.

Do you remember the time when you gave Susan, their birth mother, permission to see them. How those girls were confused as to what to call Susan and you. How it was decided to call her Mommy and you Momma. How you didnt get offended, how you worked through their struggles with them, how you ensured they had a relationship with Susan because you thought it was important. I dont think you knew it then, but you did the right thing. You allowed them to understand where they came from, but also what they had. Just in case you didnt know.

Do you remember the time you bought those girls their first computer? How you praised them for putting it together. How you made sure they knew they were both unique and not the same. How you ensured they both understood they had their artistic differences. When one excelled academically, you didnt put the other one down for not earning the same grades. Instead you cherished their individuality. I dont think you knew it then, but you paved the way for them to stand as individuals. Just in case you didnt know.

Do you remember the time when one of your daughters came to you with the most heart wrenching ordeal of her life? How this caused her such great distress. How it shook her faith. How she hurt herself emotionally and physically. You were always there. You never abandoned her. You took her to her appointments, you sat with her as she cried, you never judged her when she made another cut. You took her to the hospital, to the psychiatrist, to the counselor. No judgment, just unending motherly love. I dont think you knew it then, but you were her rock in a storm that raged within. You were her shelter even when she tried to push you away. Just in case you didnt know.

Do you remember the time when those two little girls grew up to walk across their highschool field to retrieve their diplomas? How you smiled when they sang their duet. How proud you seemed. Even when one messed up, you told them both they sang beautifully. I dont think you knew it then, but those two girls may not have been on that field if it hadnt been for your decision when they were 3. You pushed them, you provided for them, and you believed in them when it seemed that not many did. Just in case you didnt know.

Do you remember the time when you rescued one of your daughters from the biggest mistake of her life when she was in her late teens and early twenties? You recognized similar patterns that you went through. You drove all the way down to Tucson to rescue your little one. You had to do this twice before sense finally came to her. I dont think you knew it then, but you saved her. You saved her from abuse - physically/mentally. You once again swooped in. Just in case you didnt know.

Do you remember the time you met Chris Pacino? It felt like you fell in love with him before your daughter. Your daughter was so unsure after coming out of a long, bad relationship. Your daughter didnt want to be hurt again. Somehow you knew. You opened your heart and home to him. You stood beside your daughter to give her away. Great Grandma was there along with Aunt Judy and Uncle Dean. I dont think you knew it then, but it meant the world to your daughter to have you there. To stand with her when her knees were shaking and her palms were sweaty. It meant the world to have that moment shared with you. Just in case you didnt know.

Do you remember the last time your daughter said, I love you mom"? If you dont, its okay. Because I, your daughter, love you more than anything in this world. I will cherish the memories I have of you. Its funny how all the good memories flood in. Its hard that I cant be there with you. You have saved me so many times. Its hard because I cant save you. I will be okay momma. Trista will be okay, too. We have each other, we have the lessons you taught us. Most importantly, we have our faith because you made the decision to take two 3 year old girls into your home. Its okay momma because Gods got you. Just in case you didnt know.

Yours Always,
Tiffany

Tiffany Pacino Nov 7 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Niaolvia Thompson-Pop

Tiffany Pacino Nov 7 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Niaolvia Thompson-Pop

Trista Di Vetta (Pop) & Sam Nov 7 2020 12:00 AM

How do we go on,
after the unthinkable happens?
How can we carry the burden of knowing
the world can be cruel and dangerous,
the future so unpredictable?
How do we grieve with empty arms
and a head filled with echoing memories?

We are stronger than we know,
and this is how we show it:
Holding each other,
giving comfort in the midst of pain.
Loving more fiercely,
through our actions and the things we say.
Making the world just a little bit better,
every single day.
Never taking life for granted,
knowing that it can be snatched away.

This world may bring deep darkness,
but we are the bearers of light.
We'll join our flames together,
and shine in the blackest of nights.

John Mark Green

Trista Di Vetta (Pop) & Sam Nov 7 2020 12:00 AM

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