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Patricia Ann Thompson

February 3, 2018

 

Patricia Ann (Kelly) Thompson, formerly of Cincinnati, OH and Covington, KY, passed away on February 3, 2018 in Carrollton, Texas. She was 79.

Patricia was born on December 12, 1938, in Cincinnati, OH to the late John Lecester and Jeanette (Kirkland) Kelly.  She was the oldest of seven children.  Patricia attended Central High School in Cincinnati where she was an honor student and also participated in speech team, and track and field, where she excelled in the hurdles (long jump). As a young teenager, Patricia and her cousin Evelyn explored Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, dreaming of life’s possible adventures and vowing to pursue them. Patricia began her quest when she left high school at 17 to marry her husband of 60 years, Eddie James Thompson, Jr.  Her decision to marry at that early age opened the door for her to see the world and to touch the lives of many during her lifetime.

Patricia and Eddie moved to New York City where they had two children, Eddie, III and Delores.  She loved children and provided hers with unconditional love, and nurtured them with wisdom, compassion, and her keen intellect. While living in New York City, Patricia’s love of the arts blossomed as she was exposed to world class theater and other fine arts. Life in New York also refined Patricia’s superb fashion sense. A strikingly beautiful woman with a visionary and eclectic sense of style, Patricia learned to extrapolate New York fashion elegance into her own personal brand, a gift that she displayed throughout her life. Similarly, her passion for civil rights and politics were awakened during this time. In 1960, she was one of thousands who gathered outside Hotel Teresa to see Fidel Castro when he visited Harlem.

Patricia and her family returned to the Greater Cincinnati Area in 1963, and ultimately settled in Covington, KY where she decided to obtain her General Education Diploma so that she could seek employment worthy of her intellectual abilities. Patricia also encouraged Eddie to continue his education, leading to his successful career as a journeyman carpenter, entrepreneur, civic leader, and community activist. During the pinnacle of the civil rights movement, Patricia, attended the now infamous March on Washington in 1963 where she ran into her cousin Evelyn in a crowd of over 250,000. Indeed, they kept they vow to explore! In 1970, her youngest child, Kelly, was born. As was her rule, she stepped out of employment for 5 years to inculcate Kelly with her nurturing love and values.

Everyone who met Patricia loved her. She always took time to listen and help where she could, whether it was her children, siblings, cousins, nieces & nephews, grandchildren, friends, co-workers, it did not matter. If she could help, she would offer her time, energy, kindness, and wisdom to anyone in need. She continued imparting the importance of standing up for human rights, civil rights and women’s rights by marching for these causes over the years. Patricia’s love for music spanned many decades and genres including the works of, Johnny Mathis, Al Green, Michael Jackson, Andrea Bocelli, Stevie Wonder, and TuPac, to name a few. Patricia also had a great love for movies which started at an early age. Her siblings and children spent hours with her at the movies, “suspending disbelief,” if only for a few hours.

During her life, Patricia realized her dream to explore and was always up for a trip. In addition to living in Ohio, New York, Kentucky, and Texas, she visited many other states, including California, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, Florida, Maryland, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington, DC. She also traveled internationally to Canada and Mexico; and in 2011, traveled to Shanghai, Beijing, and Xi’an, China.

Patricia retired in 2006 following a 30-year career with the Federal Government. She worked for several agencies, including the U.S. Postal Service, the Internal Revenue Service, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the U.S. District Court, Federal Probation Service. Upon retirement a Federal Probation Clerk with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the district court judges recognized her career service with a plaque signed by all of them, a tribute generally reserved for judges, magistrates, and attorneys.

Patricia is survived by: her children, Eddie James Thompson, III, Delores Ellen Thompson, and Kelly Joy Thompson; 5 grandchildren, Shauna M. Finnie, Ejai Finnie, Jock L. Thompson, Twyla Thompson, and Morgan K. Saunders; and 10 great-grandchildren.  She also leaves 6 siblings, John L. Kelly, Raymond Kelly, Edith B. Kelly, Velta Kelly-Foster, Janice M. Kelly, and Minnie L. Kelly. 

Friends may call on Monday, February 12, 2018, from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM at Lasater Funeral Home, 11337 Upper Gilchrist Rd. in Mount Vernon.  A funeral service will commence at 12:30 PM and will be conducted by the Thompson’s longtime family friend, Reverend Dr. Oliver R. Williams, Pastor, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Graveside funeral services will follow immediately afterward in Mound View Cemetery, in Mt. Vernon, OH, 307 Wooster Rd; Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

The Lasater Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for the Thompson family.

In lieu of flowers, those who desire may make donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America on Patricia’s behalf at: https://alzfdn.org/

To express a condolence or to share a memory with the Thompson family, please visit www.lasaterfuneralhomes.com.

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