We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8
Mildred Jean Thompson, born on July 7, 1933 in Birmingham, AL to the late Grover and Viola Armstrong, made her heavenly debut on June 10, 2020. She journeyed peacefully from her earthly house at the Community Hospice-Tranquility at Cobb Hospital in Austell, Georgia, with her loving daughter by her side.
Mildred was educated in the Birmingham Public School System, attending Patterson Grade School and Parker High. Several awards and honors were received from ‘The Elnora's School of Design’, however her highest procurement was becoming an assistant to the professor and a mentor for her classmates.
Affectionately known as, “Baby Sister” and “Granni", Mildred was the second oldest child. She enjoyed her role on the hierarchy scale of being in charge when her parents were away, which was the highlight of her years while growing up. Essentially, being the second mother to all of her siblings, except her oldest brother, who she simply adored and fostered high responsibility skills, which influenced her leadership ability.
In 1958, Mildred relocated to Chicago where she was united in holy matrimony with her devoted and committed husband of 53 years, Arthur Thompson. They later returned to Birmingham after retirement.
Her sincere love for Almighty God sparked a dedication for working faithfully in her brother's church in Chicago and her home church in Bessemer, AL. Mildred held various leadership and secretarial positions in both places. When she wasn't participating in church activities she extended a hand into community service. For many years Mildred was a civil rights activist strongly involved with voter registration. Other involvement included volunteering and mentoring students in summer camp programs.
Mildred captured the hearts and friendships of many people. She always displayed a cheerful smile that depicted the universal language of thoughtfulness and kindness to others. Inspired by her praying, caring, and loving mother, which she exhibited exceptional love for; she was extremely devoted to her only daughter "Ree." As a result of Mildred’s generous spirit and pleasant personality, she was loved by many.
Mildred was blessed with "GIFTED HANDS ". For most of her life she worked as a designer, a couturier and as an advanced seamstress for those in dire need.
Mildred’s pastime was filled with her hobbies and fun things of life. She enjoyed researching Bible Trivia, bowling. She was an enthusiastic game show player and sincerely enjoyed jigsaw puzzle assembly which classified her as an avid Dissectologist.
Mildred will be fondly remembered for her classic fashionable style of assisting family and friends, visiting the sick and shut-in, making and donating quilts along with other essential items to the needy, her gourmet style of cooking, reading and studying different "Bible translations ".
Mildred is survived by her daughter Marie Lewis; sisters, Christine Tate, Faye Ray of Birmingham,AL, Debbie Hasberry of New York; brother, Tauheed Ziyaad of Chicago her grandson Jahmah Lewis; great grandsons, Keondre and Ahmahd; great granddaughters ,Ta’Elle, Justyce, and Destyne-Fay; great-great granddaughter, Ani’Elle and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.
The family will welcome guests for the viewing/ visitation on Monday, June 22, 2020 for 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM at Greener Pastures Funeral Home, 4405 Marietta St. Powder Springs, GA 30127.
Funeral Services will be live-streamed. Live stream can be viewed below or by clicking the link below. Camera will activate 10 minutes prior to service.
The GRAVESIDE Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 for 2:00 PM at Alabama National Cemetery, 3133 Hwy 119 Montevallo, AL 35115
To the entire Thompson Family, we at Greener Pastures Funeral Home, offer to each of you our most sincere and heartfelt sympathies and condolences. Our prayers remain that your abiding faith in God will continue to comfort, to strengthen and sustain you during your time of bereavement.
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