[The F.E.Thompson FPS HomePage] Florence Thompson's Obituary

Great Grandma Thompson's funeral was on March 21, 1970. Services were conducted by Rev. Edward Thomas, at the First Baptist Church of Vienna in Vienna, VA.

Mrs. Florence Ella Thompson came into this world on the 30th day of August 1875 at what is called FREEDOM HILL, near the town of Vienna, Va.; she departed on the morning of March 18, 1970 at Washington, D.C.

In June 1891, at the age of 16, she joined and was baptized into the First Baptist Church of Vienna. In the early adult years of her life, she resided in Washington, D.C.; for a relatively short while in Steelton, Pa. and returned to Virginia to live in Vienna during the year of 1918. Not long thereafter, she went again to Washington, D.C. where she attended night classes at Armstrong Technical High School, while working during the days. She was graduated from Armstrong Technical High School in May of 1932 and was later employed there. She did practical nursing in the late 1930s.

Her changes of residence notwithstanding, she maintained a faithful affiliation with her church during these years, traveling as required to attend regularly the First Sunday services. At her death, she possessed the oldest membership in the Church; she had held nearly every lay position, and was the organizer of the Missionary Circle. She was designated a Deaconess in 1940, and was active in other organizations such as the North Star Club.

In other facets of her life, she had been a charter member of the Household of Ruth, Order-of-Odd Fellows and a long-standing member and Past Daughter-Ruler of the Fidelity Temple No. 384, I.B.P.O.E. of W.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Viola C. Harrod, a son, Mr. William McKinley Carter, and a foster-daughter, Miss Pattie Carter; seven grandchildren, Mrs. Evelyn H. Wilkins, Dennette A. and Leroy I. Harrod, Mrs. Marion E. Wiggins, Maurice M., Wyndell W. and Vondell Carter; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchi1dren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins extending into several generations.

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