Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 8:20 PM on Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Obituaries Mary Thompson

April 30, 1928-Feb. 20, 2011


Mary Thompson

Homer resident Mary Thompson, 82, died Feb. 20, 2011. Anyone who knew Mary Thompson would have encountered her tireless energy, which could not be stopped by any adversity.

A celebration of Mary's life will be held at 1 p.m. March 5, 2011, at the United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Hospice of Homer.

Born on April 30, 1928, in Tanta, Egypt, to Harold and Elizabeth McGeoch, Mary spent her childhood abroad. Each year they would get two new turkeys: one named Christmas and one named New Year's. For vacations, the family would take trips to Europe. When World War II started, the McGeochs' returned to the United States, where Mary graduated from high school in New Concord, Ohio. She then attended and graduated from Muskingum University in the same town. She met her future husband, Jim Thompson, at Lake Chautauqua, N.Y., while working as a camp counselor. They were married on June 13, 1951.

After having their three children Outside, they moved to Homer in 1966 for Jim's work at the Methodist Church. She learned to carve a moose with the help of her Betty Crocker cookbook, and quickly became accustomed to Alaska life. She became the church secretary and organized Sunday bulletins, hosted dinners and youth dances. She also taught at Homer High School, where she coached cheerleading, swimming and occasionally drove students to competitions in Valdez. In her years of retirement, she was recognized as volunteer of the year by the city of Homer. She continued to invest countless hours into the community she treasured, and was proud to call her home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Thompson; brother, Fred McGeoch and wife Anne; and daughter, Carol Thompson. She is survived by her brother, Lyle McGeoch and wife Florence; her sons, Fred Thompson and his wife Coni; Rick Thompson and his wife Sharon; grandchildren, Sara Hansen and her husband Tyler; and Zack Thompson; and all beloved friends.