THOMPSON,MARIE ELIZABETH – JULY 21, 1930 – MAY 8, 2014. Marie was born in Cranbrook, BC, to Mary Christina and Lovell Steele Murdoch. She spent her early years in Canal Flats, Bull River and Yahk before moving to Cranbrook.
She completed high school there and then went to Victoria for Normal School. Her fi rst year of teaching was in Fort Steele; it was the last year that there was a teacher there.
She then taught in Cranbrook for a few years before moving to the coast.
In 1955 she married Gordon Thompson and they lived on Thornhill in Maple Ridge for over 40 years. When Marie went back to teaching in the 60s she was instrumental in creating the remedial reading program in the district. She
worked as principal’s relief at the east end schools, and also taught at many other elementary schools over the
years. She ended her career in 1988 at Eric Langton.
She was well known in the Thornhill community and was part of the crew that built the original Thornhill Hall. We
can remember her and Dad cutting and painting the letters that made up the “THORNHILL PARK” sign on 100th Ave.
She will be remembered for her love of children – at any baby shower, you could hand the new baby to Marie, and
the baby would settle happily into Marie’s arms.
Marie is survived by 6 children, Mary Parrish (Pat Rowe), Christie (John) Munro, Susan (Fred) Latulippe,
Linda Cardinal (Kenny Neufeld) Tracy (Tim) Niemier and Peter Thompson, 5 grandchildren, Nicole (Todd) Parker,
Donna and Carly Marsh, Ian and Steve Munro, and 2 great grandchildren, John and Elliette Parker. She is also survived by her sister Bertie Askew (Cranbrook) and her brother Bill Murdoch (Vernon) and many nieces and
nephews and their children. Predeceased by her ex-husband Gordon Thompson, her father and mother, brothers Jack and Bob and sister Jean Murdoch, son-in-law Fred Latulippe and grandchildren Daniel and Rachel Munro.
Please join us to celebrate her life on Saturday,May 31, 2014 at 1:00 at the Thornhill Hall,26007 – 98th Ave, Maple Ridge, BC.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Plan Canada or a charity of your choice.