Mary Ann Thompson
February 24, 1942 – January 11, 2021
Mary Ann Thompson, retired Educator, age 78, passed away January 11, 2021. Born February 24, 1942 to Paul and Isabella McDonald in Bartlesville, OK. Mary Ann graduated from Friends University in 1963 furthering her education at Wichita State University earning her Masters in Education. She taught in USD 259 and Collegiate throughout her career as an Educator. In Mary Ann's 47 years of teaching she positively touched the lives of thousands of children. She had three loves in her life, children, animals and the joy of reading. Mary Ann was a devoted wife, teacher, sister and friend that will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Sandra Sue McDonald. Mary Ann is survived by her loving husband, Alvin "Al" Thompson; sister, Sara McDonald; and her dogs throughout the years. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mary Ann's memory can be made to Hope Community Church, 1831 E. 21st St, Andover, KS 67002 or to the Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd, Kanab, Utah 84741. A private family service will be held. The family has requested the service to be livestreamed from Resthaven Mortuary & Resthaven Gardens of Memory Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ResthavenMortuary/
- Alvin "Al" Thompson, Husband
- Sara McDonald, Sister
- Paul McDonald, Father (deceased)
- Isabella McDonald, Mother (deceased)
- Sandra Sue McDonald, Sister (deceased)
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Mary Ann Thompson
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January 27, 2021
I have known Mary Ann and her sisters since we were teenagers. Al and I and the three McDonald girls all attended the same church, Crestway Free Methodist. Every Sunday I watched Mary Ann, Sara, and Susie march into the sanctuary and sit down in one of the front rows. They never sat in the back rows as teenagers sometimes do. They wanted to hear every word the pastor had to say. I was impressed by their devotion.
January 14, 2021
Mrs. Thompson taught me, all of my siblings and all four of my cousins. She also taught two of our three children.
In first grade I developed a "crush" on Mrs. Thompson. Al would come to pick her up for lunch in his Corvette. I knew I had nothing to compete with the Corvette.
She called me one evening in first grade and invited me to spend a Saturday with her and Al. She told me that I was not allowed to tell any of the other kids as she was only inviting me. This made me feel very special. (We went shopping for a front door for their house.) I kept the secret for 40 years until I was told that she did this with lots of students.
Amazing legacy to have touched so many lives.
January 12, 2021
I’m so very saddened to hear of Mary Ann’s passing. I student taught with Mary Ann in the fall of 1987 at Kos Harris Elementary School. Mary Ann was not only an amazing mentor, but also a real friend. I was fortunate enough to job share with Mary Ann at College Hill Elementary a few years later. Not only did Mary Ann share her love of children but also her love of God. I’m so very grateful to have known this precious woman.