Mary E. Thompson passed away after an eight year struggle with vascular dementia on Oct. 19, 2010. Mary was born in Conata, S.D. at home on Nov. 14, 1918.
She would have celebrated her 92nd birthday this year. She spent the early part of her life at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. In 1938, she married George F. Wilson Sr. at Pine Ridge. In 1949, she moved to Seattle to be near family and then on to Bremerton in 1951. For many years, she struggled as a single parent to raise her seven children. Never forgetting her life in South Dakota, she made a new life for herself and her children in Bremerton, Wash. for more than 60 years. In 1961, she married Paul Thompson and was happily married until his passing in 1981.
Mary is survived by six children: George (Betty) Wilson, William Wilson, Mary (Chet) Trask, Kenneth (Cindi) Wilson, Jean (Leo) Salato, and step-daughter Paula (Dan) Ewing.
Grandchildren include Jennifer, Aaron, Ryan and Sarah, Debbie Donna and Daren, Robert, Tim, and Shashane, Kristin, Brian and Craig, Tara, Waylin, Jesse, Thomas, Cheri, Chris, and Celeste. And many great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are sisters Grace Dixon Heubner of Rapid City, S.D., Dorothy Dixon Kelly of Brea, Calif., sister-in-law Orpha Dixon of Bremerton and brother-in-law Dr. James Wilson of Rapid City.
Mary was preceded in death by daughters Jacquelyn, Roberta and Gail, granddaughter Teresa, first husband George Wilson Sr. and husband Paul Thompson; parents William H. and Susan M. Dixon, brothers Kenneth, Lawrence, William, Joe, Harley, sisters Minnie, and Vesta.
Mary attended school in Batesland, S.D. and was a 1937 graduate of the Pine Ridge Indian Boarding School in Pine Ridge, S.D. During World War II, Mary served as a munitions handler at Igloo Munitions Depot in South Dakota. The remainder of her life was dedicated to home and family.
The family would like to express deep gratitude for the loving and professional care given their beloved mother by the staff of Belmont Terrace Nursing Home of Bremerton and to Dr. Robert Caulkins.
Visitation was held Oct. 23 and Oct. 25 at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Bremerton. A memorial service was held Oct. 26 at Lewis Funeral Chapel, Bremerton.