Mary J. Thompson, 80, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, passed away at 4:40 p.m. CST on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at Methodist Village Senior Living Center in Lawrenceville with her family at her bedside.
Mary was born Jan. 6, 1941, in Harrisburg, Illinois, the daughter of Orville and Dimple (Stuart) Parks. She was a graduate of Harrisburg High School and she was a school bus driver in Momence, Illinois, for several years. She married Gary Thompson, and he preceded her in death in 1997. She was a member of the Baptist faith, Moose Auxiliary, and active in various health organizations. She was an outgoing personality, enjoying life to the fullest, going to various music venues with her family, traveling, and gathering with her family, her grandchildren and friends. She and her companion, James Bouvy, spent over 20 years together, attending St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, fishing, traveling, dancing, spending the winters in South Texas and just enjoying each other. They were the founding members of the Jim and Mary Fan Club and always had a joke or prank to pull.
Mary is survived by her companion, James E. Bouvy of Lawrenceville, Illinois; and her sons, William “Willie” Thompson and his wife, Hortencia, of Momence, Illinois, Brian M. Thompson and his wife, Roxanne, of Orlando, Florida, and John David Thompson of Bourbonnais, Illinois. She is also survived by her six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her brothers and sisters, Bill Parks and his wife, Carmen, of Clarksville, Tennessee, Richard Parks and his wife, Nome, of Boonville, Stuart Parks of Petersburg, Gloria White of Mount Carmel, Illinois, and Jean Chesser of Oakland City.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Gary Thompson; her parents, Orville and Dimple Parks; a great-grandson; three brothers, James Parks, Larry Parks and Kenneth Parks; and two sisters, Jane Rose Parks and Charlene Russet.
Funeral services were celebrated at Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home. She was laid to rest in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to the donors charity of choice.
Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home is honored to assist Mary J. Thompson’s family during their time of loss.