April 11, 2019 at 9:45am

Anna Mae ThompsonMemorial for Anna Abel Thompson ’71

Anna Mae Thompson, 70, of Long Creek, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2018, at her home. 

Anna was born February 23, 1948, in Decatur, to Clyde and Dorothy (Bandy) Abel. She graduated from Eisenhower High School. Anna started her nursing journey at Barnes-Jewish College of Nursing, received her Bachelor’s degree from Millikin University and then her Masters in Science from the University of Illinois. Anna spent the majority of her nursing career at St. Mary’s Hospital where she worked as an educator and director.  She later worked at Decatur Memorial Hospital and ended her career working in Hospice when she retired in 2013. She was a member of Salem Baptist Church in Decatur.  Anna had many passions including word puzzles, watching baseball and spending time with her sisters.  Most of all she passionately loved cheering on her grandchildren in all of their activities.  She was truly their biggest fan.  Anna lived by the motto: Live life to the fullest, laugh all you can and love with all of your heart.  She will be missed greatly by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald; her three daughters, Julie (J.R.) Auton of Decatur, Jill (Eric) Friesner of Moweaqua, Jennifer (Charley) Hendricks of Decatur, and also Angie (John) Bryles of Decatur and Rob (Lindsay) Thompson of Decatur.; sixteen grandchildren, Andrew, Zachary, Nicholas, Lauren, Rachel, Brooke, Katy, Madison, Carly, Catherine, John, Jr., Jacob, Erin, Kayla, Koven and Faith; and three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Jo Cowell of Decatur, Jean Shewmaker of Decatur and Janet (Jim) Monts of Cape Coral, FL. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Bill Cowell. 

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Anna Thompson will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2018 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Paw Print Ministry 226 W Eldorado St, Decatur, IL 62522 or American Heart Association 2141 W White Oaks Dr # A, Springfield, IL 62704. 

The family of Anna Thompson is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at www.gracelandfairlawn.com


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