Muriel (Howard) Thompson


1917 – 2014

DANVERS, Mass. — Muriel (Howard) Thompson, 97, of Middleton, Mass., passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, following a short illness.

Muriel was born on June 22, 1917, at the Huntington family farm in Middlefield Center, N.Y., to Herbert Anson and Linda Jeannette (Huntington) Howard. The family moved to Lynn, Mass., in 1919, where her father soon died. She was raised in Lynn and graduated from Lynn English High School in 1933. Muriel graduated from Lynn Hospital School of Nursing and worked at Lynn Hospital, prior to her marriage to Robert Lawson Thompson.

She returned to nursing in the 1950s, working in the maternity unit at Beverly Hospital. In 1947, the family moved to Topsfield, Mass., where they stayed until retirement, at which time they moved to Canada and purchased a farm in Wallace, Nova Scotia.

After her husband’s death, Muriel returned to the states, living right next door to her daughter, Esther, in Auburn. In Maine, she continued her lifelong interest in knitting, crocheting, quilting and planting the most incredible flower gardens. She also raised Persian and Himalayan kittens.

At the age of 86, she had her first computer and took to it as she had to anything she tried.

Four years ago, she moved from her own home in Maine to Orchard Circle Elder Housing in Middleton, Mass., where she continued to have a small flower garden, use her PC and visit the library weekly to keep in a good supply of books.

Muriel is survived by her daughters, Esther (Raymond) Turner of Rochester, N.H., and Louise Bouchard of Boxford, Mass.; a daughter-in-law, Gladys Thompson, of Peabody, Mass.; grandchildren, Charlotte (Randy) MacDowell of Lee, Mass., Richard Thompson of Nebraska, Mary Cercone of Lunenburg, Mass., Robyn Sawyer of Nebraska, Walter Thompson of Danvers, Mass., Raymond (Robin) Turner Jr. of Rochester, N.H., Aonghas St-Hilaire Turner of Maryland, Karen Turner of Newmarket, N.H., and Emily (Davey) Turner of Auburn; 10 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews throughout the United States and Canada; and some very dear friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Lawson Thompson Sr.; her stepson, Robert Lawson Thompson Jr.; and her brothers, Huntington Howard of Beverly, Mass., and Herbert Anson Howard of Maine.

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