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Mary Louise Thompson, school secretary April 20, 1925 -- Dec. 13, 2006

LOCKPORT -- Mary Louise Thompson, a retired secretary for the Starpoint Central School District who had 50 years of service with the Starpoint PTA, died Wednesday in Briody Health Care Facility after a long illness. She was 81.

Born Mary Louise Shaw in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she was a graduate of Lockport High School.

She started her career as a secretary for the Starpoint district in 1955 and the next year became secretary and administrative assistant to elementary school principals. She retired in 1986.

She held many leadership roles in the Starpoint PTA, including being Niagara District director for the state PTA in the 1970s.

She was honored at the local, state and national levels of the PTA, receiving the Honorary Life Membership, the New York State Distinguished Service Award, the National PTA Award and the Mary Ruth Ulrich Award.

She also volunteered as a greeter at the Dale Association, was a pen pal to first-graders at Washington Hunt Elementary School and volunteered as a reader at John Pound Elementary School.

A member of Gathering Gals Bridge Club, Mrs. Thompson had many other interests, including photography and painting watercolors. She also enjoyed time at the family's summer home in Ontario.

Her husband of 51 years, Robert E., died in 1997.

Surviving are a son, Thomas, and two daughters, Terry Carbone and Rebecca Wilson.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St.

[WINCHESTER]

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