Shirley Thompson

April 23, 1941August 23, 2018
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Shirley Jean Thompson, 77, returned to her heavenly home on August 23, 2018. Shirley was born to the late Bessye Johnson and William Sanders in Chillicothe, MO on April 23, 1941.Shirley attended Albion Public Schools and graduated from high school in 1959. She later attended Jackson Business College and obtained an associate’s degree in business. She married the late Walter Thompson in 1965 in Toledo, OH.

Shirley worked at State Farm Insurance for 16 years and held a series of positions with increasing responsibilities. She truly lived life to the fullest and enjoyed spending quality time with her family, significant other, Howard Tate and best friend Shirley Dunklin. She was an amazing artist and seamstress and enjoyed working out. Shirley was a loving person who always put the needs of others before her own.

Shirley is survived by her three children, Greg (Cindy)Sanders of Albion, Karla (RaSheem) Barnett of Rochester Hills and Gerald Thompson of Oak Park; sisters, Rhonda Warnsley of Albion and Sandra (John) Moore of Dimondale; brother Ronald (Barbara) Sanders of Homer; step sister, Joan (Talley) Hobdy of Battle Creek; step brother, James Sanders of France; grandchildren Michael Sanders of Lansing, Ashley Sanders of Albion, Jonathan Barnett of Rochester Hills and Jazmine Barnett of Rochester Hills; Great Grandchildren, Alayah Sanders of Lansing, Christian Sanders of Albion and Dominic Sanders of Albion and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bessye and William Sanders; husband, Walter L. Thompson; sister, Eileen Johnson and step- brother, Arnold Sanders.

Visitation for family and friends will be Thursday August 30, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00PM at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion, MI 49224. Funeral Service will be Friday August 31 at 11:00AM at Bethel Baptist Church, 523 Washington Street, Albion, with Family Hour starting at 10:00AM with Pastor Fred H. Alexander Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Dynamic Kids, 455 S. Livernois, Ste. B-21, Rochester Hills, MI 48306 To leave online messages of condolence, please visit


  • Family Hour Friday, August 24, 2018
  • Visitation Thursday, August 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 31, 2018
  • Interment Friday, August 31, 2018

Shirley Thompson

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September 8, 2018

My Prayers are with the famiy, Shirley was a great person, she always had you laughing. Enjoyed working with her at State Farm and just seeing her around Albion was a joy. She will be missed, but never forgotten.

Ivy Williams

September 4, 2018

My heart is heavy. Keeping the family in my prayers. Your mom was a beautiful spirit. With deepest condolences.

Cynthia White

August 30, 2018

Prayers and condolences to my classmate and Sister Friend Karla and the entire family of the late beautiful Ms Shirley Thompson!!!
Fond memories of her...she will be truly missed by all who knew her!!!

Sonia Aguilera

August 30, 2018

My condolences to the Thompson family. Gerald holds a special place in my heart and often talked highly about his mother Shirley. To the Thompson family you guys are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.....May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you in anyway possible♡

Joseph Dismuke

August 30, 2018

Condolences goes out to all of the family! Please remember all of the beautiful moments you shared with Ms. Shirley.

Joseph and Deidria Dismuke

Sandy Roberts

August 30, 2018

I was just telling my daughter Abby about Shirley. I worked with her at state farm. She was so fun, kind and caring. I told Abby what a strong women she was when her husband became ill,
So sorry for your loss

LaTasha Mitchell and Family

August 28, 2018

Dear Karla, I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your dear mother. Please know that we are praying for you, Jazzy, Jonathan, Rasheem and the entire Thompson and Sanders families. May God bless you and keep you and may the sweet memories of mom wrap you in love and comfort you always.

Verenie Davis

August 28, 2018

Shirley was a beautiful woman, her heart was lined with gold and her conversations flowed like a calm river., her smile beamed like a gorgeous sunset on a peaceful night. I will miss her . God will remember the love and kindness she extended to people. To the Thompson and Sanders family I love you and will continue to pray that as time move forward your heart will be hold again from the lovely memories of Shirley. Love Verenie Davis aka Poochie

Clarence & Algene Hammond

August 28, 2018

Karla we are praying for God's comfort and joy for your family as you remember you precious mom. We love you Karla

Tonya Byers

August 28, 2018

Our condolences to the family. Shirley was one of the most sweetest beautiful person I’ve met. Her genuine love for life and family was awesome. God’s peace and rest Ms. Shirley.

Tonya & Wilber