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Mary Louise Thompson

Memorial for Mary Louise Thompson

Born on Jun. 20, 1934
Departed on Oct. 31, 2012 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012
12 pm - 7:00 pm
Service: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012
12 pm
Cemetery: Cook Walden Memorial Park Cemetery
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While surrounded by her loving family, Mary Louise Thompson of Austin was picked by the hand of God and called home on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 10:11 a.m.

She was the tenth child born to the late George and Olivia Swisher Clark on June 20, 1934. She attended Austin Public Schools and was well known throughout the East Austin community. She worked many years at the Travis State School with special needs adults and children. Her great love for children led her to open her own childcare center, where she raised and nurtured well over 20 children during her tenure. Louise was married to Reverend Clyde Thompson and to this union three daughters were born; and following the death of her niece Susie Clark, she assumed parental responsibilities for her great-niece Frances Nell Clark.

She accepted Christ at an early age at the Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend S.L. Davis. In 1961 the family moved their membership to the Mount Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of the late S.A. Davis. At Mt. Zion, she sang in the choir and was part of the Ministers Wives. In 2010 Mount Zion recognized her as a Titus II Woman of God.

Other than her three biological children, Louise raised many children, as well as an endearment to many of her daughters' friends whom often called her mother. She was a loving and supportive wife to her husband for 56 ½ years and was instrumental in supporting him in his pastoral ministry. She was loved by her neighbors and was the unofficial neighborhood watchman and was fondly called "Big Lou" by family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and parents, and two sisters, Laura Mae Jones and Virginia Wallace; and six brothers, C.J. Clark, Thomas Clark, George Clark, Lawrence Clark, Eugene Clark and Willie Clark.

She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband, Rev. Clyde Thompson, four daughters Claudia Himes-Crayton (Frank); Ella Feaster; Patricia Hosey-Johnson (Edward); Frances Nell Clark all of Austin; one step son Frank Savannah of Atlanta, Georgia; one sister, Wilmer Edwards and one sister-in-law, Ruby Oakman; ten grandchildren: Tinisha Thompson , Olivia Himes, Kelsey Himes, Ada Himes, Kenneth Himes II, Whitney Hosey, Shaquera Tomlinson, Denzel Feaster, Isaiah Feaster and Edward Johnson II: two great-grandchildren, Kennedy Himes and Terranee Martin; three step grandchildren: Frank Crayton, Anthony Crayton, and Ashley Bruce Tagoe; four godchildren: Cherryl Priestley, Tysha Johnson, Lydia Cairo, and Olivia Louise Cairo; and a host of relatives and friends. Additionally, she was affectionately known as "Mama Lou," by Ramona Glen, Bobby Harris (deceased), and Sherry Byrd.

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