Mary Virginia Lawler Thompson, 89, of Raytown, formerly of Blackwater, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, at Park Lawn Chapel in Kansas City. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Ararat Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund.
Born June 21, 1915, in Edwardsville, Kan., she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Eva Wheeler Lawler. In 1942, she married Jack Thompson, who survives of Kansas City. She lived in Kansas City, where she attended East High School, until moving to Blackwater in 1933. For five years she taught all grades in one-room elementary schools in Cooper County including those in Franklin, Prairie Home and Blackwater. She attended Central Missouri State Teachers' College in Warrensburg. Following World War II, she and her husband lived in Tokyo, Japan. She taught in the American School in Japan. Upon returning to the U.S., she continued and completed her education at Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg. She then taught first grade in the Raytown School District for nine years, until retiring in 1967. She was a member of the Peninsula Baptist Church in Blackwater, Raytown Retired Teachers' Association, Blackwater Preservation Society, and was a past president of the Ararat Shrine Patrol Ladies.
Survivors include one son, Russell E. Thompson of Overland Park, Kan.; two daughters, Ann E. Langevin of Boulder City, Nev., and Marjorie K. Thompson of Denver, Colo.; one sister, Marian Gibson of Raytown; and six grandchildren.