CECIL WOODMAN THOMPSON - SHELBURNE - Cecil Woodman Thompson, 91, a longtime resident of Huntington, N.Y., and recently of Shelburne, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Wake Robin. Prior to returning to her family's roots in Vermont in 2006, she had lived for over 50 years in Huntington Bay. Cecil Pond Woodman was born Aug. 12, 1921, in Port Chester, N.Y., the daughter of Henry Staunton Woodman of Vergennes and Cecil Pond Woodman of Brooklyn, N.Y. She grew up in Rye, N.Y., and completed her schooling in Ridgewood, N.J. Cecil then attended Elmira College to study piano and music, and subsequently enjoyed a career as a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines. In 1946, she married William Ives Thompson of Glen Rock, N.J. Her great passions were music, gardening, the New York Football Giants, tennis, and energetic walks along the Huntington Bay shoreline with her many dogs. She worked diligently for 25 years as the Village Court Clerk. Cecil taught Sunday School at the Old First Church, and was active as a volunteer with the American Field Service. She was also a longtime volunteer at the Huntington Freedom Center. Residents and staff of Wake Robin enjoyed her playing "Misty" and "Moonlight in Vermont" on the piano daily, until her exit offstage. Cecil was predeceased in 2007 by her former husband, William Ives Thompson; and in 2011 by her son-in-law, Brian Dickie of Seattle, Wash. She is survived by her four children, Dana Lewis Thompson of Huntinton, N.Y., Eleanor Ives Thompson of Seattle, Wash., Laurance Woodman Thompson of Shelburne, and Woodman Omar Thomspon and his wife, Katrine Pendleton Thompson of Sandy Hook, Conn.; six grandchildren, Lowell, Colin and Mary Ann Thompson of Shelburne, Alison Marra of Seattle, Wash., and Marnie and Lewis Thompson of Sandy Hook, Conn. Loving care given by the staff of Wake Robin and Donna Marie Thompson will not be forgotten. Memorial celebrations are being planned.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Apr. 21, 2013