Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home

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Margaret H. Thompson

December 28, 1929March 24, 2020

Margaret Mary (Bitsy) Higgins Thompson

Born December 28, 1929, Nashville TN, Died March 24, 2020. Bitsy a loving wife to Walton C Thompson, devoted Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. Preceded in death by Husband Walt, parents John Francis and Margaret McGee Higgins, Brother Reverend John Higgins, MM. Brother Federal JudgeThomas A Higgins, Sister in Law Geraldine Crawford Higgins, Brother in Law Morris Brogden.

Survived by sister Katherine Higgins Brogden, children David (Candice) Thompson, Lebanon Tn, Francis (Kathleen) Thompson, Louisville KY. Peggy (Bill) Howell, Morristown TN, Patricia (Joe) Hendrick, Nashville TN. William Thompson, White House TN. 11 Grand Children, 11 Great Grandchildren.

She graduated from Cathedral grade school and was a member of the class of 1948 graduating class of St. Cecilia Academy. She attended Peabody College. Ballet was her early life from Albertine Maxwell, Nashville, and Edna McRae, Chicago. She ran/walked and completed the inaugural and second Country Music Marathon. Editor of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church monthly newsletter for 17 years. in 1974 she was city wide chairman of the American Cancer Crusade. She was a member of the Ladies of Charity, The Colonna Club and a past president of the Two Rivers Women's Club. An avid tennis player. The Family respectfully request in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Cathedral of the Incarnation, 2015 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 27203. Ronald McDonald House of Nashville, 2144 Fairfax Avenue, Nashville TN, 37212.

Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated, at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, West End Avenue Wednesday March 26th, 2020, imediate family only, Internment at Calvary Cemetery gravesite service at Noon, Marshall Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home in charge. A memorial Service will be celebrated at a later date.


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Margaret H. Thompson

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Peg Beehan

March 27, 2020

One lovely memory is when Bitsy and Walt invited the Baldinger clan to join the Higgins clan to share memories. It was based on supportive relationships that had been created by my grandparents and John Higgins during early years in the U.S. I am grateful that I have enjoyed many Christmas Eves with Bitsy at Frank and Dot Baldinger's, including last year. Her laugh was a joy.

Eileen Beehan

March 27, 2020

I remember hearing stories and laughter when the families got together. My grandmother, Kate(Catherine) Corcoran Baldinger and Jack (John) Higgins were friends - Irish immigrants had a strong bond. And that bond continued for several generations. I saw Bitsy last Christmas Eve at my aunt Dot's. I'm glad for the strength of the faith and friendships that lasted so long.
I'm attaching a picture. I'm not sure if that's Bitsy or Kitty with their brother.

Marty Reich

March 27, 2020

I was privileged to meet Bitsy and the rest of the Higgins clan through my significant other, Gordon Wynn. She and Walt were always so welcoming to me. I thought Bitsy was a delightful lady and I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My sympathy goes out to the whole family.

Nancy Langdon

March 26, 2020

Bitsy was one of the kindest women I knew.
She was devoted to her Catholic faith.
During the years she was at Park Manor I was able to visit her often.
The Mascari family always considered her and Walt a part of their family.
She had the first party for Ellen and Mike when they were getting married.
I feel blessed to have known her.

Barbara Bookman

March 26, 2020

Bitsy and Walt were our seat partners at TPAC for years.

A more charming, intelligent, and fun couple could not be found!
We shared many conversations over the years about our families, news of the day, reviews of the play , how bad NES was to cut down their trees and whatever caught our fancy that night.

We were so sad to learn of her passing but know they live on because of their deep faith and also because of the great memories they left with us.
Our prayers and sympathy are with you,
Dr. And Mrs. Jim Bookman

Sandy Hobbs

March 26, 2020

Our condolences to all of Bitsy’s Family. My memories of this wonderful lady go back to when I was 5 and the Thompson family lived at one end of Graeme Drive and my family on the other end. She was a true “Steel Magnolia “. Prayers for all. Ronnie and Sandy(Byrd) Hobbs

Joan Byrd Coode

March 26, 2020

To all who knew Bitsy, she was indeed remarkable, in every role she took on. This Irish lady knew the meaning of “Stand Down” but doing so was contrary to her nature. May she rest in Peace. There are none to ever take her place this side of Heaven.

Nickie Lancaster

March 26, 2020

We were so saddened to learn of the passing of my NGH Nursing sister, Bitsy. We were all so very proud of her taking up a nursing career so late in life, following in her mother's footsteps. The Higgins family has been such a special part of our family. Never has there been a family so sharp in intellect and wit. This great lady made her mark in the world around her. We share in her loss along with her family and especially, Kitty. However, we know that Heaven must be getting Bitsy's marching orders and "stat".
Nickie and Alan Lancaster, Hermitage, TN