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Mattie M. Thompson, 93, pianist and church organist

July 2, 1921 - July 8, 2014

Mattie M. Thompson, a lifelong resident of Buffalo and church organist, died Tuesday under hospice care in Buffalo General Medical Center, six days after her 93rd birthday.

The former Mattie M. Lewis attended School 75 and graduated from Fosdick-Masten Park High School in 1940. Later in life, she learned basic office skills.

Mrs. Thompson played piano and was the organist for St. Paul’s AME Zion Church. She also played organ at other churches.

She excelled in direct sales, achieving top-seller levels for Sarah Coventry jewelry in-home sales of more than $70,000 in less than a decade. She also was a 20-year board member at Erie County Medical Center and served as vice president.

Mrs. Thompson was proud of the accomplishments of her daughters, including a national magazine editor, State Police officer and director of a health care program.

As a skilled cook, her lemon meringue pie and homemade soups were specialties at church bake sales.

Her husband of 66 years, Albert J. Jr., died in 2012.

Survivors include three daughters, Edmonia Watkins, Pamela Sharpe and Yvonne Askew; a sister, Sarah Lewis; a brother, Robert Lewis; three grandsons; and six great-grandchildren.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Paul’s AME Zion Church, 610 E. Eagle St.

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