Mary Lucile Corbett Thompson, 84, a former Odell, Ore., resident, died April 30, 2009, in Beaverton, Ore.
A Morristown, Tenn., native (born in 1924), Mary graduated from high school in her hometown, attended Tusculum College, Greeneville, where she met her future husband, then transferred to University of Tennessee, Knoxville, completing her bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in teacher education.
A devoted wife and right-hand lady to her pastor husband, the late Rev Roger Thompson, she dedicated endless years in service to others through her work at the church, at home and in the communities in which she lived. Mary joyfully shared with others her love of music, playing the piano and participating in choirs throughout her life.
When her husband retired from his career as a pastor in the United Methodist Church, Mary and he moved to Odell, the little town they loved and in which they resided for 20 years.
Mary is survived by many friends and her five children, their spouses and her nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren:
Daughter Melinda White, of Olympia, Wash., and her two sons, Jay McKee and wife Diya, of Kenai, Alaska, and their children Chelsea, Joshua, Austin and Riley; son Matthew McKee, of Kenai, Alaska; son Bill Thompson and his wife, Cheryl, of Kenai, Alaska, and their two children;
Son Jim Thompson and his wife, Patricia (Griebel) Thompson, and their three daughters, Kaitlin, Sidney and Regan; and his daughter, Heather (Thompson) Barndt, and her husband, Matt Barndt, and their daughter, Reese, and son, Matthew;
Daughter Mary Ann Bertelson and her husband, Dale Bertelson, of Hillsboro, Ore., and their three daughters: Sarah (Sadie), of Portland, Allison, of Tacoma, and Natalie, of Hillsboro; son Jim Thompson, of Newberg, Ore., and his daughters, Amy and Megan, and their mother, Lynn (Maynard) Thompson; son Mark Thompson, of Sherwood, Ore.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at Odell United Methodist Church in Odell, Ore. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution in memory of Mary C. Thompson to the Alzheimer’s Association, Oregon Chapter, P.O. Box 4168, Portland, OR 97208.
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