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2017-07-13

Marie (Underwood) Thompson

1928-2017

Our loving mother, Marie (Underwood) Thompson, passed from this life on Sunday, July 9 at Bandera Rehabilitation & Health-care Center, where she had been a resident since October, 2014. She was born August 19, 1928 in Stonewall County, to Thomas J. and Velma Kate (Bassham) Underwood.
As a young child, Marie helped her mother by caring for her younger siblings, and keeping of the home. She also worked in the cotton fields alongside her dad. Though The Great Depression made for economic hardship for many, her large family was tight knit and fun loving, which made the most difficult times easier to bear. Marie married her sweetheart, Travis Thompson, in Fluvanna, on January 3, 1942. They were an example of love and married devotion for 73 blissful years until his passing on January 18, 2015. Early in their marriage they moved to San Antonio and remained there until Travis retired in 1973, at which time they moved to Bandera, where they lived for the rest of their lives. Possessing a true servantës heart, Marie spent many years of her life teaching Bible classes for small children. She was an exceptional partner to Travis in the role of an Elder's wife at South San Antonio church of Christ and later at Stringtown Road church of Christ for a combined time of nearly 50 years. As a devoted woman of God, she excelled as a loving wife, mother, mamaw, sister, daughter and consummate homemaker. Her outward beauty was matched by her inward beauty in such a way that no one she met was a stranger for long since conversations with Marie were easy and comfortable. Throughout her life she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many.
She will forever be remembered by the children who loved her; Marie Campbell and husband, Joe, of San Antonio; Marty Jost and husband, Jim, of Fredericksburg; and Judy Judkins and husband, Robert, of Midland; grandchildren, Mike Gillaspia and wife, Shannon, of Portland; Steven Gillaspia of Denver, CO; Brenda Beachy and husband, Brian, of Augusta, GA; Tarah Judkins of Midland; and Jason Campbell and wife, Tracy, of San Antonio; five great-grandchildren; plus extended family and a host of friends who loved her and whom she loved.
Marie was preceded in death by her loving husband, Travis Thompson; parents, Tom and Velma Underwood; brothers, Doyle, Hazel, Morris and William Underwood; and sisters, Ellen Claxton, Faye Sutterfield, Katie Ann Shipp and Meda Mae Butler.
The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support in many forms. We especially extend our heartfelt appreciation to the nursing and administrative staff at Bandera Rehab. & Healthcare Center. Especially for the kindness and gentle care extended to both Marie and Travis during their time of residency. We also wish to express appreciation to Dr. Robert Schnitzler and nurse, Vicky Paparelli, for their excellent medical care.
Visitation is on Friday, July 14 from 9 am to 5 pm at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Bandera.
She will always be: Our Angel that lived, loved and laughed. Graveside services will be at 11 am, Saturday, July 15, at Oak Rest Cemetery in Medina. The minister officiating will be Charles Wilson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Bandina Christian Youth Camp, Donations, PO Box 3383, Alice, TX 78333 or to Stringtown Road church of Christ, PO Box 167, Medina, TX 78055, or to a memorial of one's choosing.