Marian Thompson

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Marian Griffin Thompson, 76, of West Frankfort went to be with her Lord at 11:50 pm, Monday, June 25, 2012 at her home surrounded by her family.

Marian was born August 14, 1935, in West Frankfort, the daughter of Thomas and Jessie (Hibbs) Griffin. She married Jim Thompson on October 9, 1954, in West Frankfort at the Northern Baptist Church. Marian was a longtime member of Harmony Freewill Baptist Church. She was very active playing piano, Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School director for many years, directing Church plays, and in any other way she could contribute to her Church and her Lord. Marian loved doing craft work, and according to Jim, was a professional shopper.

She is survived by her husband Jim, son Clay Thompson and wife Michelle of West Frankfort, daughter Jaye Palmer and husband Randy of West Frankfort, grandchildren Lori Parks and husband Shannon of Crab Orchard, Joni Holtz of West Frankfort, Jason Palmer and wife Stacey of Troy, Illinois, Jessica Palmer of St. Louis, Mikayla, Hannah, and Joshua Melvin all of West Frankfort.

She is also survived by great grandchildren Levi Parks, Cody Holtz, Jake and Kenzie Palmer, and Emma Parks, and one sister Sue Griffin of Las Vegas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Tommy Griffin, and sisters Betty Rae Griffin and Judy Belcher.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, June 29, 2012, at Harmony Freewill Baptist Church on South Countyline Road with Bro. Bob Stone and Bro. Curtis Smith officiating. Interment will be in Harmony Church Cemetery. Friends of Marian and the family may call at Harmony Freewill Baptist Church 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, on Thursday evening, and after 10:00 AM on Friday.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, or Harmony Freewill Baptist Church, and will be accepted at Varis-Stone Funeral Home at any time.

Varis-Stone Funeral Home has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

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Published in Daily American News from June 26 to June 28, 2012