She was born Dec. 20, 1934, in Allen County, to Jacob and Grace (Ladd) Thompson.
She grew up on the family farm east of Humboldt and graduated from Humboldt High School in 1953.
In 1954, she married George Munson and they had one daughter, Marlene, before he died in 1956.
She married Earl D. Carlson in 1957. They made their home in the Elsmore area and had five children before they divorced.
In 1996, she married James Akers and they made their home in Iola.
She worked for a number of places in Iola, most recently at McKinley Elementary School.
She enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing games, crocheting, doing embroidery work and trying new recipes. She attended all the events her children and grandchildren participated in.
Survivors include her husband, James A. Akers of the home, five daughters: Marlene Braker and husband, Tom of Fort Scott; Lucinda Lonergan and husband, Pat of Iola; Annette Kyser and husband, Steve of Elsmore; Tammy Carlson and companion, Philip Perez of Moran, Kan. and Traci Altic and husband, Doug of Fort Scott; one son, Craig Carlson and wife, Brenda, of Ottawa, Kan.; two brothers, Roland Thompson and wife Linda of Iola and Randall Thompson and wife, Liz of Arlington Heights, Ill., 17 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Jeremy Braker.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Wed., June 3, at the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Thurs., June 4, at the Humboldt United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery at Humboldt.
Memorials are suggested to the Allen County Healthcare Foundation (Hospice) and may be left with the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola, which is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.iolafuneral.com.