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Priscilla Thompson

1932 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
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Priscilla Thompson

Priscilla Mertens Thompson. Died June 9, 2017 peacefully at home in Annapolis MD. She was born April 21, 1932 in North Adams, Massachusetts, the only child of Franklyn Brereton Mertens and Grace Barber Mertens. She grew up in Bradford, Vermont and graduated from Bradford Academy as her parents were the proprietors of the Hotel Lowe / Bradford Inn in the 40s and 50s. Upon graduation from Northwestern University with a BS in speech, she moved to New York where she lived, worked, and married her husband, Joseph Ames Thompson. She spent a number of years in the travel business, and was able to travel extensively. After marriage she and her beloved husband and sons lived in several places including Florida, New Jersey, and Connecticut before moving to Wilmington, Delaware where they raised their children. She and her husband became involved in historic preservation while living in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, and to professionalize this interest she received an MA in history from the University of Delaware. She and her husband established The History Store in Wilmington and Baltimore, MD through which they were historic preservation consultants offering restoration advice to architects and builders. She prepared many National Register nominations for buildings and historic districts in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida. She also wrote numerous articles on historical topics for commercial and scholarly publications as well as books on Italian-Americans in Delaware and a photographic history of Wilmington's waterfront. She was a member of many historical societies and civic organizations in the places where she lived. She and her husband retired in 1989 and from that time on she spent a large part of the year at their summer home in Petite Riviere, Nova Scotia. She is survived by her husband of 58 years Joseph Ames Thompson of Annapolis, MD, her sons Joseph Thompson Jr of Annapolis and Frank Thompson of Newton, MA and 3 grandchildren. Donations in Priscilla's memory should be made to Civic Works of Baltimore 2701 St Lo Dr, Baltimore, MD 21213 or Bradford Public Library, Box 609, Bradford, Vermont 05033. On line condolences and tributes can be made at
Published in The News Journal on June 15, 2017
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