Elizabeth Mary Rubin passed away at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, California on Tuesday, November 1st, 2005 at the age of 87. A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance, Ca on Sunday, November 6th at 3:00 p.m. A reception will follow in her honor. Internment, on Monday, November 7th, will be private. Elizabeth was a 12 year resident of Redondo Beach, Ca.
Known as "Betty" to her friends, she was born July 11th, 1918 in Butte Montana, the eldest of two children to Katharyn May and Lester Ralph Polglase. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her first husband of 45 years, Jack Arnold Thompson, Jr. Together they had three children, Jack Arnold Thompson, III of Huntington Beach, Ca, James William Thompson of Los Angeles, Ca, and Katherine Lenora Nahle of Redondo Beach, Ca. She is also survived by her brother, William Polglase, his wife Evelyn Polglase and their children of Raleigh, North Carolina, 6 grandchildren, Paul Thompson, Christina Thompson, Lilli Denneson, Shan Jones, Gabrielle Nahle, and Daniel Nahle, son-in-law, Andy Nahle, her daughters-in-law Melba Thompson and Adelina Thompson, and cousin, Jack Beery-Polglase. Elizabeth was remarried to Bernard "Bernie" Rubin in 1989. They were married 8 years until his death in 1997
Growing up a child of the Great Depression in the tough mining town of Butte, Montana, she lost her mother, and much of her childhood, when she was only 12. With her father (Lester) doing what he could to find work in those hard times, she took on the main responsibility of raising herself and her younger brother, Bill. It was a difficult time, but she proved equal to the task.
She came to California at the start of World War II where she joined the war effort working at the naval docks in Long Beach. This was where she also met a young sailor named Jack Thompson who she would soon marry and who would be her companion and partner for nearly half a century.
With her new husband off to war, responsibility was once again thrust upon her. This time it was the raising her young son (Jack III) while still working. It was no easy task for a woman in those days, but, as she showed so many times in her life, her strength and love of life carried her through. She was called upon again to shoulder responsibility during the Korean Conflict when her husband was again called to active duty. This time she had two young sons to care for (Jack III and James). As always, she found the strength she needed to make it through the tough times.
But for every hard time, there were even more good times for her. The birth of her daughter (Katherine) and her marriage to Bernie, who gave her love and security when she needed it most, were especially memorable moments in her life. Her grandchildren, her brother Bill, and her step-brother Jack were a constant source of joy and brought a smile to her lips at the very mention of their names.