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Mary Elizabeth Thompson (Griffith) was born on Oct. 13, 1931 at Salmon, Idaho. She went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Feb. 9, 2014, while residing at Lakeland Apartments in Perham, which was her home for the last 16 years.

Mary attended Western Montana College after graduating from high school in 1949 from Beaverhead County High School in Dillon, Mont. Along with her sister, Margie, and her mother, Clara Griffith, she helped found the Assembly of God Church in Dillon, Mont.

Mary enjoyed playing the piano, doing word games and crossword puzzles and writing cards and letters to her family. She was an avid reader and has a complete collection of cups from the Perham Public Library's annual Hot Reads promotion to prove it.

Her family and church friends will dearly miss her prayers and support.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Thompson; her parents, Clara and William Griffith; three brothers; and a sister.

She is survived by her sister, Margie (Harley) Hacker (Ft. Benton, Mont.); a brother, James Griffith (British Columbia, Canada); three daughters, Susan Bianchi (Minneapolis), Connie Thompson (Belgrade, Mont.) and Patti (Larry) Refsland (Hackensack, Minn.); eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

The service commemorating her life will be held at Hosanna Ministries Church at 150 6th Avenue SW, Perham, on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will take place in Calvary Memorial Cemetery, rural Perham.

Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, visit