Mary Ann Rozelle Thompson

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Mary Ann Rozelle Thompson, 82, a native of Talladega, died at NHC in Anniston on April 29, 2015. Her death followed a short illness caused by a fall in her home. Mary Ann is preceded in death by her son, Lee Allen Thompson; her husband, Fred Riley Thompson; her parents, Mary and E. B. Rozelle; her niece, Rozelle Burt Lentjes; and her beloved horse Andy. She is survived by her sister, Rebecca (Henry M. Jr.) Burt, of Anniston and several nephews and nieces. Mary Ann graduated from Talladega High School and attended college at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, and at Talladega College. For several years she worked at Citizen's hospital. Later she also owned and managed an auto parts store In Talladega. A "horse whisperer" before the term was coined, Mary Ann was born with an innate love of horses. From the time Santa Claus brought Tony the pony, her first experience with the equine species, she displayed a remarkable ability to communicate with and to understand horses and decipher what they were thinking. The attraction was mutual, as horses invariably responded to her with respect and affection. She was active in area horse show circles and competed, winning prizes in various events. Mary Ann owned and loved many horses, but a unique quarter horse whose registered name was Exclusive Holiday, better known as Andy, was her all-time favorite. He was a clever horse, and his physical beauty was secondary to his intelligence and his gentle nature. He tolerated first-time riders, especially children, with kindness, yet responded to the more demanding trials of horse shows with Mary Ann. He and Mary Ann seemed to have a secret language between them. For those who want to remember Mary Ann with a memorial, a donation to an equine shelter is suggested.
Published in The Anniston Star from May 5 to May 6, 2015