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Mom passed this morning.
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: December 09, 2021 12:26PM
A few days ago, I posted to another thread that I was having the worst week of my life but I did not elaborate. Well, I was sitting first in the hospital and then in Hospice with my mother. She passed away this morning, it was very peaceful and I was with her.

Mom was a fascinating woman who lived an incredible life. Rather than say it all again, below is the obituary I will be submitting to the newspaper in Bradenton, FL where she lived until a few years ago (so you all get first read)





Louise Ida Thompson was older than sliced bread and after 101 years began her deserved rest on December 9, 2021.

Born to George and Elizabeth Reinhart on March 15, 1920, in Grand Rapids, MI, she lived a full and adventure filled life. From growing up in the family owned Reinhart Bakery on “the Hill” in Grand Rapids, to pitching exhibition horseshoes with her brother, to being recruited for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, Louise celebrated every day to its fullest.

She co-owned and operated a Sinclair Service Station in Grand Rapids in the 1940s and ’50s. An avid photographer, she traveled across the country numerous times before interstates made it a monotonous drive. She boated the Great Lakes in her 50’s, hiked the trails of the Smokey Mountains in her 60’s, traveled through Honduras at 78, carried a backpack through Bavaria at 84, and visited Alaska at 90. She remained active and “full of vinegar” until the end of her life

First coming to Bradenton in 1953, she began living here full time in 1966. She was a founding member of the Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren, remaining an active member until moving to Jefferson City, TN in 2018. She relocated to Inverness, FL in 2020.

Her first husband, Fred Powers, preceded her in death in 1960, as did her second husband, James Thompson in 1992. She is survived by her two children, Pam Powers Miller of Dandridge, TN, and Ron Thompson of Inverness, FL; grandchildren, Michelle Ratcliff, and Joseph Thompson; and great-grandchildren Justin Nelson, and Tyler Nelson.

And yes, she was older than sliced bread which was first sold in 1928, but not at her family’s bakery, which only sold “real bread – with a crust”.



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Posted by: ka jowct
Date: December 09, 2021 12:35PM
Lovely obit. A life lived well!



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Posted by: rz
Date: December 09, 2021 12:38PM
Sorry for your loss. Sounds like she led a life well-lived.
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Posted by: rgG
Date: December 09, 2021 12:47PM
I was afraid your previous post might be related to your mom.
sad smiley
Very heartfelt and lovely obit.
So sorry for your loss





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Re: Mom passed this morning.
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: December 09, 2021 12:55PM
Very, very sorry for your loss, Ombligo. I think Moms are the hardest to say goodbye to.



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Posted by: Paul F.
Date: December 09, 2021 12:57PM
Very sorry to hear that...

My dad passed this last June, and, it's definitely "the worst day" when a parent passes.



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Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: December 09, 2021 12:58PM
So very sorry for your loss. What a soulful obituary you have crafted.

RIP Ms. Louise

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Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: December 09, 2021 01:00PM
Condolences.

Great obit.
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Re: Mom passed this morning.
Posted by: prymsnap
Date: December 09, 2021 01:00PM
A lovely obit honoring a life well lived. So sorry for your loss, Ombligo.
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Re: Mom passed this morning.
Posted by: vicrock
Date: December 09, 2021 01:03PM
Condolences! Wow, how lucky you were to have her for so long!
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Posted by: Microman
Date: December 09, 2021 01:04PM
Also, sorry for your loss. I thought about my mother this morning when I was putting up Christmas items. She was quite talented painting those hoops with Christmas images. Never appreciated her while she was here.

Peace,.... be with you...
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Posted by: Frank
Date: December 09, 2021 01:23PM
So sorry for your loss. RIP
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Posted by: lost in space
Date: December 09, 2021 01:27PM
Sorry for your loss. What a great ancestor.



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Posted by: Bo
Date: December 09, 2021 01:30PM
Ugh...so sorry to hear this. My condolences
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Posted by: Acer
Date: December 09, 2021 01:34PM
Wonderful remembrance you have written. A great lady! Sorry for your loss.
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Posted by: Rick-o
Date: December 09, 2021 01:49PM
R.I.P.

So sorry to hear, Ombligo. My condolences. She sounds like a wonderful woman.

When you told me you lived with your folks in Mt. Morris before moving to Florida, I've often wondered if I ever passed you guys by when I lived there. Maybe at the old Hamady's store or at a local restaurant.



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Posted by: jonny
Date: December 09, 2021 02:04PM
My condolences! Hang in there!
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Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: December 09, 2021 02:12PM
My condolences, and my admiration for a life well lived.
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Posted by: Bernie
Date: December 09, 2021 02:24PM
Sorry for your loss.

My condolences.




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Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: December 09, 2021 02:25PM
So very sorry for your loss.

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Re: Mom passed this morning.
Posted by: Rolando
Date: December 09, 2021 02:25PM
Deepest condolences. But celebrating a long life well lived as well.

The day I lost my mom was the worst day of my life as well. But I thank her for sticking around as long as she did.



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Re: Mom passed this morning.
Posted by: robfilms
Date: December 09, 2021 02:26PM
WOW!

I have never said that about someone's passing.

she sounded like a real pip.

i can only image what brandeton was like in 1953.

i am sorry for your loss.

may your mom's many good deeds provide some solace to her family and friends.

stay well.

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Posted by: Dennis R
Date: December 09, 2021 02:39PM
So very sorry.
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Posted by: vision63
Date: December 09, 2021 02:40PM
All my love to Ms Louise. She sounds like she was an incredible lady. My condolences to you and Pam for the loss of your one and only mother and to her grands and friends. I love her life. I try to be as adventurous as she was.

Also, she raised an incredible son.



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Re: Mom passed this morning.
Posted by: wurm
Date: December 09, 2021 02:48PM
Very sorry for your loss, Ombligo. And that's a lovely obit. I wish you could write mine when the time comes.
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Posted by: rich in distress
Date: December 09, 2021 03:15PM
My condolences. I bet she was so very proud of you.
I concur about the bread.
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Posted by: Buzz
Date: December 09, 2021 03:19PM
Very sorry for your loss. Now let me get this straight; your mom invented sliced bread as a precocious 8 year old, but for someone else's bakery because her family's bread was too good to slice, was Gina Davis's Dottie Hinson Golden Globe Nominee role model as a young adult, then shot her first husband at their Michigan gas station in the 1950's, and her second hubby while boating on the Great Lakes, before eventually skipping town to Florida, and then hiding out in Central America, the Alps, and even Alaska when things got too hot for her on the Gulf Coast. She then tried Tennessee for a couple of years, but again left for Florida when the grandkids, and great-grandkids threatened to rat her out for spilling her overflowing vinegar on them... along with a bunch of other stuff she squeezed into a smidgen over a century, that was bookended by a couple of mask-wearing pandemics. Close enough?

R.I.P. Om's Mom
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Posted by: gabester
Date: December 09, 2021 03:25PM
I'm sorry for your loss but know you'll have many years of cherished memories to keep her alive within you and your loved ones and even, now, this forum. Thank you for sharing your heartache in a life's long and fascinating journey now at its end yet not forgotten.



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Re: Mom passed this morning.
Posted by: JoeM
Date: December 09, 2021 03:37PM
Sounds like she lived a full life. My condolences, I’m so sorry for your loss.



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Posted by: A-Polly
Date: December 09, 2021 04:17PM
Oh my, so sorry to hear of your loss. What a blessing to have lived such a long and full life (and I hope you got the good genes!).

Thank you writing and sharing the obituary.

My very deepest sympathies.
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Re: Mom passed this morning.
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: December 09, 2021 04:21PM
I’m so sorry for your loss.
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Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: December 09, 2021 04:22PM
Sorry for your loss. That's a WONDERFUL obit though. Sounds like managed to wring every drop of life out of every day she lived.



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Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: December 09, 2021 04:26PM
Condolences, and may you be blessed with warm thoughts about your mom for years to come.



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Posted by: M A V I C
Date: December 09, 2021 04:58PM
Sorry for your loss. Seem like an amazing woman and I'm happy she was able to live so long.




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Posted by: testcase
Date: December 09, 2021 05:02PM
"it was very peaceful and I was with her." angel smiley

That's about the best that can be hoped for.

Condolences on your mother's passing.
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Posted by: Janit
Date: December 09, 2021 05:16PM
May her memory be a blessing.
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Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: December 09, 2021 05:22PM
Congratulations on having such an amazing presence in your life for so many decades.



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Posted by: DinerDave
Date: December 09, 2021 05:31PM
I have no words that have not already been said.
Supporting you from afar, and you will get through this.

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Posted by: Randalls
Date: December 09, 2021 05:37PM
Very sorry to hear about your loss. It is tough to go through but she had a good life and I am sure a lot of that was due to your care and love
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Posted by: PeterB
Date: December 09, 2021 05:47PM
Just reading this now... my condolences for your loss.

And I too don't think I could add much to what everyone else here has said... all I'll say is that there are some people who say that they've lived a full life, and then there are the ones who actually have. Your mother was definitely in the latter category!




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Posted by: Speedy
Date: December 09, 2021 05:56PM
My sincere condolences. She was a remarkable woman who led a wonderful life.



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Posted by: Spiff
Date: December 09, 2021 06:12PM
Sorry to hear this news. Very sad indeed. The obit is wonderful and sounds like she took life as it came and made the most of it. Wonderful!
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Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: December 09, 2021 06:19PM
Condolences to you and your family
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Posted by: TheCaber
Date: December 09, 2021 06:32PM
I'm sorry that you lost your mom, Ombligo, and I hope that in time you will have the comfort of her memory and her love of her family to see you through your journey on Earth. She was someone special, and no one can deny that!

RIP, Ms. Louise, ma'am.

(Awesome obituary)



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Posted by: deckeda
Date: December 09, 2021 07:28PM
Nice obituary! A greatly lived life indeed, including a well-raised son. Be well, and keep her memory safe.
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Posted by: Markintosh
Date: December 09, 2021 07:45PM
Condolences from all of our hearts. I was not mentally prepared for how hard it would be to start losing parents, and between step parents and inlaws, I'm only half way through the process.

Your obit was lovely.



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Posted by: Ombligo
Date: December 09, 2021 07:55PM
Wow, just wow... thank you, everyone. The kind words truly help.

Mom was definitely something. Her obit just hit the high spots, it didn't touch on some of the things that built her character.

She ran the family bakery because her father died in 1941 and her brother was drafted in 1942. That is also why she declined the tryout for the girl's baseball league - it would have meant closing the bakery.

Her first boyfriend was killed in the ball turret of a B-24 somewhere over occupied Europe.

She was not afraid to dance with the regulars in a Black nightclub - in the 1940's.

She liked her cars fast and bright red. (she drove until she was 97, they gave it up voluntarily)

Breakfast was coffee, no cream, no sugar and a frycake.

and she was never shy to tell you what she thought.

That was my mother.



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Posted by: davec
Date: December 09, 2021 08:25PM
Ombligo- my sincerest condolences. I realize the sound of her voice, the warmth of her touch and her presence will be sorely missed, but her spirit will live on in the many, many lives that she touched. That is what makes her timeless.

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Posted by: davester
Date: December 09, 2021 08:28PM
My condolences Ombligo. Glad you have good memories of your mom. Also, I totally agree with her bread philosophy...real bread is not sliced and has a crust.



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Posted by: Don C
Date: December 09, 2021 08:51PM
Just to join the chorus of wishing you well in the difficult time. That was one fine woman! You come from good stock!

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