Mary Ann Thompson Nov. 25, 1930 - May 28, 2014 WEST LAFAYETTE - Mary Ann Thompson, 83, of West Lafayette, formerly of Bremen and Mishawaka, passed away on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on November 25, 1930 in Brazil, IN to the late Ernest and Frances (Parkins) Hayward. She played the Cello in the high school Orchestra and was a 1948 graduate of Brazil High School. She went on to obtain a Bachelor's in Home Economics from Indiana State University and a Master's from Michigan State University in 1968. Her marriage was to Dr. Darrell Thompson on June 14, 1958 in the Epworth United Methodist Church in Brazil, IN and he survives. Mary Ann taught Home Economics at Mishawaka High School from 1952 to 1956. They then settled in Bremen where she was the Marshall County Home Demonstration Agent from 1956 to 1961. She served on the Board of Directors of the Hamilton Grove Foundation in New Carlisle, was a past president of the Tri-Kappa Sorority in Bremen, and was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mary Ann also taught Sunday School at Salem United Methodist Church. Besides supporting her local church and charities, Mary Ann supported Indiana State University, Michigan State University, The Carter Center of Atlanta, GA, and she and Darrell donated 10 acres of their farm in Granger to the United Methodist Church. They also supported Mennonite Medical Missions in India and Africa, Latin America Missions in Columbia, South America and put a young man from Columbia through medical school. She supported Shriner's Children's Hospital, Heifer Project, American Friends Service Committee, Doctors without Borders, and the Mayo Clinic Medical Research. Mary Ann was a devoted wife and mother. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed playing the piano, reading and crossword puzzles. Surviving with her husband of 55 years is a son, Jon Thompson (wife: Kim) of Brookston and their children, Trent, Lexi, Tori, and Brooke; one brother, Larry Hayward (wife: Billie) of Jacksonville, FL; a sister-in-law, Margie Palen (husband: Dick); a niece, Shelly Hayward and nephew, Ralph Thompson (wife: Cheryl), whom cared for her during her final days. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews, and extended family. Private family services will be held Monday, June 2, 2014 at Hartzler-Clapper Funeral Home in Brookston, with a graveside funeral service to follow at 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park of Granger, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital and can be mailed to Hartzler-Clapper Funeral Home (PO Box 509, Brookston, IN 47923). Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on May 31, 2014