CARIBOU – Avis Pearl (Wright) Thompson, 89, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Thursday, June 30, 2011, while surrounded by her family after a brief illness. Avis was born Nov. 1, 1921, in Caribou, daughter of Harry P. Wright and Jennie A. (Thompson) Wright.
She lived in Caribou all of her life and was educated in the Caribou school system, graduating from Caribou High School, Class of 1940. In her youth, Avis enjoyed winter sports and took home several medals and ribbons for skiing and skating. On April 10, 1941, she married Olin L. Thompson and moved with him to his family’s potato farm on the Madawaska Road. Their marriage was blessed with three wonderful sons. She was devoted to her family always. Her heart was broken when her beloved brother, Philip E. Wright, was killed in action in Germany during World War II; it was a loss that she mourned until her death. Avis helped out with the bookkeeping and cooking that was required to operate the farm while also caring for her husband’s parents in their old age. Avis was an active member of Caribou United Baptist Church, where she served on the Memorial Committee, was a member of Edith and Ethyl Circle, participated in the Golden Years group activities and sang in the Living Christmas Tree.
Avis is sadly missed and fondly remembered by her sons and daughters-in-law, Dana L. and Penny G. Thompson, and Roger P. and Beatrice A. Thompson, all of Caribou; her grandson, Shannon C. Thompson of Auburn; her granddaughter, Idella Pearl Thompson of Caribou; her sister-in-law, Pauline (Westman) Wright of Zephyrhills, Fla.; many nephews, nieces, cousins, close friends and her church family. Avis was predeceased by her parents, Harry P. and Jennie Wright; her husband’s parents, Fred H. and Idella M. Thompson; her brothers, Philip E. Wright and Harry P. "Sonny" Wright Jr.; her sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Kelley) Wright; her husband, Olin, in 1993; and her son, Olin Jr., in 2008. The family thanks all of Avis’ caregivers for their kind, compassionate and professional care during her illness with special appreciation to Dr. Carl Flynn for his devotion, concern and his level of respectful, complete and careful treatment.
Friends may call 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir St., Caribou, and noon Wednesday, July 6, at Caribou United Baptist Church, where funeral services will be held 1 p.m. with the Rev. John Kiehn, pastor, officiating. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery. Friends who wish to contribute in memory of Avis may do so to Caribou United Baptist Church Memorial Fund. Envelopes may be obtained through the funeral home.