Our Mother was a short woman in height, however she stood very tall in stature, brilliance, resilience, compassion and plain human decency. Mavis Thompson was no ordinary woman. As a mother and home maker, during the early 1980s she would get up at 1am to do laundry for us as that was the only time we could have water available. Then went to work for a full 8 hours.
She worked a full-time job yet was always able to be home to accomplish tasks as if she was a full-time housekeeper and had been home all day.
As a family we knew what good well-prepared food was and that’s because she made it happen, no matter the economic or social circumstance. Her culinary skills and ability to satisfy hungry bellies went beyond the family to grace many a social event. Some of us (Gary) may have benefited a little bit more than others in this respect.
Mavis was wise! All her 3 children (Cordia, Roger and Gary) can attest to her broad band of wisdom that she was able to apply to all areas of our lives. And we are the better today because of it.
Our mother was a very attractive woman who on all occasions carried herself with poise and grace. Indeed, a prize-catch for the slick and equally handsome Victor, our Dad. But be not fooled for if required she could knock heads and come out swinging strategically as required. Not one to mess with as we all realized when we received the wisdom of her punishments on crossing the line.
This woman had a heart of gold. She gave of herself to all who she came across. Stories of Her compassion and sense of giving would resonate in our lives long after her passing. Her stature and her presence today are quite vivid in the looks and mannerisms of her grandchildren.
Our Mother, Our Friend, Our Hero, your physical presence has been gone for awhile but the fire of your spirit continues to burn in our hearts and minds. Keep smiling down on us Mother we love you.
Cordia, Gary and Roger Thompson
Written by Gary, her 1st son in coordination with Cordia and Roger
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