November 18, 1913 – August 6, 2018
The union of Raymond and Maggie Lister Thompson celebrated the birth of their daughter, Myrl Thompson, on November 18, 1913 in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School, Myrl left Texas to pursue a degree in voice from the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1935, she met and married Louis B. Springer, who preceded her in death. The marriage produced two children, Pamela R. Springer and Oliver Laird Springer, who preceded her in death. On November 21, 2010, Myrl and Louis B. Springer celebrated 75-years of marriage.
In the early 1930’s Myrl became part of the “Chitlin’ Circuit,” working in venues throughout the segregated South performing with entertainers such as Billie Holiday (her best friend), Pearl Bailey, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat “King” Cole, to name a few. She also demonstrated the agility of an interpretive dancer landing her on Broadway in New York City and in movies.
Her commitment to empowering the lives of others began when she became a long-standing member and Past Grand Worthy Matron of Prince Hall Freemasonry, Order of the Eastern Star, Celestial Chapter #6 and a Past Imperial Commandress of the Imperial Court of the Daughter of Isis. Both are charitable and benevolent organizations. As a volunteer, mentor and community worker, the Governor and the Mayor of Boston acknowledged her for her outstanding contributions to the City of Boston and its residents
Myrl Thompson Springer’s life is celebrated by her daughter Pamela; grandchildren Louis A. (Len), Leah, and Mustafa; great grandchildren Keisha Mitchell, Taylor and Mia Miller; great great-granddaughter Sydnee Harris; daughter-in-law Jean Springer, and a host of friends.
- Celebration of Life Saturday, September 1, 2018
August 31, 2018
I have known Myrl for over 25 years. I first met Myrl when Pamela purchased her first home in Scottsdale, many years ago. When you first meet someone you "size them up", you think about their personalities, are they good people, do they have a sense of humor, are they sincere. From the first day forward I learned that Myrl Springer was one of a kind! She was beautiful, smart, strong willed, knew what she wanted, FEISTY! I could go on and on, but most of all she was an example to all of us. A Mother who set the bar high, to be strong and not let others take advantage of us, to go after what we wanted in life! She was always there for her daughter, she was like the Rock of Gibraltar to her family. Lastly I want to say that Myrl Springer had the most wonderful sense of humor. She could remember the funniest stories of things that happened throughout her life; the things that would come out of her mouth at any given moment! My favorite directed to me was - I don't want to live near any damn hosses (horses with a Boston twist), don't you take me anywhere near any "hoss" farms!
Myrl Springer, I love you, I love how strong and feisty you were, you will be greatly missed!