Born 6-30-1927 -- Died 5-9-2004
Mavis Beatrice Thompson, 76, of Independence, Mo., died May 9, 2004, at Independence Regional Health Center following a lengthy illness.
She was born June 30, 1927 in Oxford, Ark., the daughter of Frances Henrietta Finley and Andy Newton Sears, both of whom preceded her in death. She was married Dec. 23, 1955 in Independence, Mo. to Carl Junior Thompson, who preceded her in death on May 22, 1999.
She had lived most of her childhood in the Izard and Fulton County area of Arkansas, and was a graduate of Viola High School. She received her teaching degree in literature from Arkansas State College in Jonesboro, Ark., and taught school for two years in Salem, Ark., and two years in the rural county schools surrounding Salem before moving to Kansas City, Mo., in 1951. In Kansas City, she worked as a stenographer and teletypist for five years with International Harvester and 20 years in the communication department with the B.C. Christopher Financial Services and Fonstock Investment Company before her retirement in 1991.
Survivors include a daughter, Melinda (Mindy) Loethen and her husband, Steven; a grandson, Christopher Loethen; and two granddaughters -- Stephanie Elizabeth Loethenall of Jefferson City, Mo.; a brother, Lanis Sears and his wife, Vinita; a sister, Wilma Langston; a sister-in-law, Hazel Sears all of Salem; three paternal nephews; six paternal nieces; 3 maternal nephews; two maternal nieces; and several maternal and paternal great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers _ Onice Sears and Paul Sears; and two sisters -- Avaline Scott and Ione Clinton.
Mavis had asked that we convey her heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful friends, neighbors and relatives who graciously offered their support, comfort and assistance through year years. their friendships and thoughtfulness will never be forgotten.
The funeral service was May 12. Burial was in the Floral Hills Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of Floral Hills Chapel.
Memorial contributions can be made to The Helias High School Foundation., P.O. Box 694, Jefferson City, Mo. 65102-0694 or to the donor's choice (Arr: D.W. Newcomer's Sons Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.)