(77), daughter of Ruth and Edgar Thompson, passed away peacefully on August the 11th, 2013 of natural causes at her home in Santa Barbara, CA.
Mary Jane was born on August the 31st, 1935 in Stamford, Connecticut, the third oldest of six siblings.
Growing up, Mary Jane was extremely popular. She graduated Stamford High School, and was voted "Boys' choice of sister". In her early years . Mary Jane worked for Dorr Oliver in Stamford, CT as a secretary, and for a short period her well recognized beauty led her into a modeling career. Mary Jane decided to leave the East Coast when she married and started a family. She moved to Santa Barbara in 1960 where she devoted her life to being a loving mother and dedicated wife. Her beautiful smile and contagious laughter will never be forgotten, and although always avoiding the limelight, she illuminated the lives of all who knew her.
Mary Jane is survived by her two sisters, Marjorie Monte and Alana Walker, her brother, Alan Thompson, her daughter Deborah Mori, her son, Donald Mori and his wife Marsha, her two grandchildren, Ryan and Jasmine, and her many beloved nieces and nephews. Always an animal lover, Dandy Doodle her faithful Golden Retriever, and her cat Silky, remained her constant companions until the end.
Mary Jane is predeceased by her brothers, Donald and Robert Thompson and her brother-in-law Eugene Monte.
A Memorial service will be held on Friday, August 11, 2013 at 11am at Welch-Ryce Raider Funeral Chapel, 450 Ward Drive in Goleta, CA 93111. Immediately following, there will be a celebration-of-life reception at Mulligan's Cafe and Bar, 3500 McCaw Ave. Santa Barbara, CA 93105.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to her beloved niece's theater company, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey at 36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940. Mary Jane's family would like to thank her loyal friend and faithful business manager Darryl Young, for his many years of service, and to acknowledge the excellent end-of-life care given to Mary Jane by Assisted Hospice of Santa Barbara, Lori Harris, Cheri Mattucci, Gloria Henderson, Gracie Morales.
To leave online condolences and memories, please visit www.wrhsb.com. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.