I have known Mary all of my life, literally.
She has always been old~ to me.
She passed away last Sunday at the age of 93.
Her son Curtis, who gave the eulogy yesterday, said his Mom planned her entire funeral.
She wrote her own eulogy...5 pages long.
She did her own flowers, and made her own doily, that were on top her casket.Whenever she would see me she would treat me like no one else was in the room. She would light up, and say, "Oh Jill! How are you dear?" and give me a big hug.
Once when I was about 13 she was asked to substitute one evening teaching our Young Women's class at church. She told us during the lesson how she didn't feel like coming that evening. She was tired and just wanted to stay home. So she sat on her bed and started singing, "Choose the Right." When she finished singing that song, she knew she needed to come teach us, and so she did. Then she sang the song for us.
I thought back many times throughout my life to that song because of her. Sometimes when I would think of making the wrong, and easier choice, I would hear Mary singing, "Choose the right when a choice is placed before you. In the right, the Holy Spirit guides. And it's light is forever shining o'er you. When in the right your spirit confides. Choose the right. Let wisdom mark the way before. In its light. Choose the right. And God will bless you ever more."
When my oldest son Brock was just 2, (back in 1979) Mary was called to be the nursery teacher in our ward. So every Wednesday morning Brock got to hear stories, sing songs and make crafts, while I was enjoying time with the other women in our ward. He absolutely adored Sister Thompson. Below you will see how he insisted on napping with the name tag she made for him. John Duncan dedicated her grave. He dated my sister Robin for 8 years, so he was like part of our family during that time. Mary took care of John since he was a tiny baby until age 12, while his parents worked. He said she always spoke so positive to him. Instead of saying, "Don't hit", she would say, "Be kind". Instead of saying at church, "Be quite" she would say "Be reverent"
I saw John for the first time yesterday since the 1980s.
Here he is with his mother, Joyce.
here is John and Robin, with Brock, in 1979One of the quotes from the very last talk, I just had to share. I had to find the speaker (Dr. Thomas Thomas) at the cemetery to ask where he found it. It was taken from the play Joan of Lorraine:
"Every man gives his life for what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing. Nevertheless, they give up their lives to that little or nothing. One life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it, and then it's gone..."
Mary's son said in his talk yesterday that he is "nearly giddy" thinking about the reunion Mary is having with her husband, and her 5 children and 1 grandson, who have gone before her. She said she wanted to go home, she was ready.
I wish somehow I could get a copy of the 5 page eulogy she wrote. I would so love to read her words!
She chose for the closing song, "Oh My Father"
If you have time, really listen to these words. I have heard this song all of my life, but yesterday, at the end of her service, I heard it in a different way. I believe it was Mary's influence.