Anna Mae (Murray) Thompson Obituary
Obituary of Anna Mae (Murray) Thompson as printed in the Western Star (Coldwater, KS) - March 1975.
Anna Mae Murray was born in Barton county, KS on October 2, 1886. She was one of ten children born to Sylvester and Charlotte Murray. Anna lived in Barton county until she entered Normal school in Reno county to study for the teaching profession. It was there that she met Harry A. (Allie) Thompson. She taught in the Ellinwood community until she entered nurse's training at Axtel Hospital in Newton, KS.
Anna was united in marriage with Harry A. (Allie) Thompson and returned to Nickerson, KS. To this union eight children were born. Anna moved to Coldwater, KS with her husband and children in 1926. After her husband's death in 1933, she and her family continued to live in Coldwater until 1945. Some will remember Anna as librarian, a position she held prior to moving to Dodge City, KS where she was associated with the Charlotte Murray Memorial Hospital, now Trinity Hospital.
After her retirement, Anna made her home with her daughter, Shirley Sandstrum, who lived in Topeka, KS. Much of her time was also spent visiting and staying with her other children and their families. Anna liked to travel and help where she was needed. She thoroughly enjoyed her visits with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. About a year ago she went to Colorado to make her home with her daughter, Joan Myers, and family. She fell and broke her hip October 2, 1974. She departed this life February 25, 1975 in Englewood, CO.
Anna lived an active life, a Christian life, a life that brought happiness to others, a life dedicated to the well-being of her family. She will be remembered by her family as a Mother who gave her best to life each day.
Anna is survived by six daughters: Patricia Jean Perrussel of Olympia, WA; Joan Myers of Littleton, CO; Shirley Sandstrum of Hot Springs AK; Eleanor Murphy of Topeka, KS.; Betty Metzger, Chanute, KS; Lucille Farrell, Derby, KS; and two sons: James L. Thompson, St. Louis, MO; and Harry O. Thompson , Hutchinson, KS.
In addition to her children she is survived by 23 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Surviving sisters are Pearl Hunt of Pueblo, CO; Grace Conkright and Mabel Roseberry of Topeka, KS; and a brother, Ervin Murray of Temple, TX.
She was preceded in death by her husband, 'Allie', in 1933.; two sisters: Mattie Stuckey and Cora B. Murray; three brothers: Sylvester, Jim and W. O. (Bob) Murray.
Services were Friday, Febuary 28, 1975 at 2 p.m. at the Hatfield Funeral Home, Coldwater KS. Interment was in Crown Hill Cemetery (Coldwater, KS) next to her late husband. Officiating at the services was Gib Clark, pastor of the Coldwater Christian church.
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