LUCY P. THOMPSON

Posted March 08, 2009, at 7:40 p.m.

BREWER – Lucy P. Thompson, 91, wife of the late Rev. Donald N. Thompson, died March 6, 2009, at a Brewer health care facility. She was born June 14, 1917, in Presque Isle, to Charles and Vertyline (Foster) Perry. Lucy graduated from Presque Isle High School, attended Ricker Junior College, Houlton, and graduated from Bates College in 1939 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She studied medical technology at Massachusetts Memorial Hospitals, Boston, becoming a certified clinical pathologist and chemist in their lab. In 1941 she married the Rev. Donald Thompson. Partners in life and work, together they served American Baptist churches in Mexico, Danforth Larger Parish, Bridgewater, Millinocket, Calais and Islesboro. Lucy enjoyed young people and was an advocate of education. She was a substitute teacher in numerous towns. After obtaining her teaching certification in 1966 through the University of Maine, she taught five years of junior-high science and English in Calais. Actively involved in American Baptist Women’s Ministries, she became president of the Maine chapter in the late 1950s. In the national organization, she served two terms as treasurer and one term as president, from 1969 to 1971. A cherished highlight was a world trip in 1970 to visit holy places and church missions. Also active in American Baptist Churches of Maine, Lucy served as president from 1979 to 1980. In 1984 she and Donald retired to Pembroke. They joined the Pembroke United Methodist Church, where Lucy served as organist for 19 years. In 2004 Lucy moved to Ellen Leach Memorial Home, Brewer, and joined First United Methodist Church, Orrington. Lucy found satisfaction in volunteering for community organizations, including Literacy Volunteers; Calais City Council, Down East Hospice, volunteer and director; Meals for ME, volunteer and director; and Pembroke Food Pantry. She also donated to local, national and international charities. Lucy was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Donald; and brothers, Ralph and Fred Perry. A loving mother and grandmother, Lucy will be deeply missed by her children, Gwendolyn and Dr. John Archambault of Brewer, Otis and Mavourneen Thompson of Peaks Island and Don and Carlene Thompson of Hermon; grandchildren, Maria-Beth Smith and Luke Hall, Rhonda St. John and John Bacon, Jeffrey and Katherine Thompson, Heather Thompson and Harvey Johnson, Seth Thompson and Kristen Powell, and Adam Thompson; great-grandchildren, Owen and Mary Thompson, Arthur and Eleanor Thompson-Johnson, and Gabrielle Thompson; and siblings by marriage, Marie Thompson, Jean Barker, Dorothy Gott, Bob and Regina Roope, Ed Roope, and Bill and Brenda Roope. Family and friends may visit 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 9, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer. A service celebrating Lucy’s life will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at First United Methodist Church, Orrington, with the Rev. Brenda LeClerc, presiding. Spring interment will be at Johnson Cemetery, Presque Isle. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, the Salvation Army or your local food pantry, church or charity of choice. Condolences may be offered at www.kileyandfoley.com.

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