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August 30, 2011

Mary Ellen Thompson

Aug. 30, 2011

Mary Ellen Thompson died Tuesday. She celebrated her 90th birthday at The Hearth in Avon, where she lived for the last three years of her life.

Born Jan. 16, 1921, in Grandview, she and her brother Edward Kennedy grew up in Boonville and Lafayette. Mrs. Thompson helped her parents in their restaurant while attending high school in Boonville. After high school she attended secretarial school and worked in Lafayette until she married George W. Sullenger at age 21. Her organizational and financial skills helped them raise four children --Vernon Ray, William Earl, Susan Kay, and Nancy Jane --and send them to college while managing their business, Standard gas stations.

Mrs. Thompson enjoyed cooking, fishing, and studying the Bible.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Philip, who died at the age of 13, and her brother who died in 2010.

Upon her marriage to Samuel R. Thompson in 1974, she acquired a daughter, Jill, from his previous marriage and in the following years gained two more grandchildren, Bryan and Julie.

The Thompsons enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S., seeing national parks and visiting family. They lived in Indianapolis and Plainfield.

Mrs. Thompson was an active member of Plainfield United Methodist Church.

While at The Hearth, she enjoyed playing bingo and euchre, and listening to orchestra music.

Services are 11 a.m. Friday at PlainfieldUnited Methodist Church, 600 Simmons St.

Calling at the church will be for an hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the church.

Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home in Plainfield is handling arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to the Thompson family at www.hamptongentry.com.

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