Mabel Thompson

Mabel Thompson Obit PhotoMabel G. Thompson of Moscow died Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Good Samaritan Moscow Village. She was 97.

Mabel was born March 8, 1917 at Deary to Merton L. and Emily N. (Osborn) Pierce. She grew up and attended school at Deary. She worked at Gritman Hospital prior to her marriage to Howard J. (J.T.) Thompson on July 13, 1936 at Pullman. They made their home in Pullman, then lived in Arizona for a time, returning to Deary. In 1951 the family moved to Moscow. She started working at Washington State University as a cook, and later in housekeeping until her retirement in 1980.

She enjoyed fishing, picking huckleberries, gardening and made stuffed animals and baby blankets for her 17 grandchildren and numerous great and great great grandchildren. She was an active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and especially enjoyed spending time with her family and eating her dessert (sometimes before dinner).

Mr. Thompson died in 1972. Surviving are her children, Donald M. “Mert” (Kathy) Thompson, Sherla Francis, Mike (Ann) Thompson, all of Moscow and Carla (Randy) Bingman of Sherwood, OR. She also leaves 17 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and numerous great great grandchildren. Also surviving are her sisters, Frances Sundsrom of Moscow, Eleanor Logan of Lewiston and Edith Dion of Moscow. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Jerry in 2000, a son-in-law, Phil Francis in 2007, a brother, Alvin Pierce, sisters, Ruby Lundquist and Elson Hanson as well an infant brother, Dexter.

A private burial will be at the Moscow Cemetery. A memorial service will be Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Emmanuel Lutheran Church with a reception to follow in the fellowship hall. The family asks that friends bring and share a memory of Mabel.

The family suggests memorials be made to Good Samaritan Village.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

5 Responses to Mabel Thompson

  1. Patsy Cochran Wood says:

    I remember the fun times I had with my family when we visited your Father and your Mother “The Rhubarb Lady”. I remember picnics and fireworks and our parents visiting while we kids ran in and out of the house. Let the memories and laughter heal your hearts. Your Mother was a great lady.

  2. Erv Johnson says:

    Mabel is in my thoughts.
    Take care .
    Erv from Az.

  3. Susie Cochran Clark says:

    I remember spending many hours at your parents home outside of Moscow. We were always excited about visiting “The Rhubarb lady”….I remember our parents laughing and having a good old time as us kids all played. I also remember them coming to our home. Dad and your mom shared the same birthday and I thought of her every year after we lost our dad. Know my thoughts are with you as you spend time laughing and remembering your mom/grandma.

  4. Ken and Dixie Garrett says:

    Ken & I want to send our condolences to all the family. We are so sorry we missed the memorial service, but we had a prior commitment. It is sad that we only seem to see extended family at such occasions, so sorry we missed visiting with you all. Please know our thoughts are with you. Ken & Dixie Garrett

  5. Betty Carlson says:

    My sympathy to Sherla & Mert……miss your big smile & hi Betty @ the Moscow Mall, Mert.

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