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Esther Thompson

Esther M. Thompson (Benedict)

Sunday, March 31st, 1929 - Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
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AKWESASNE – Esther Marie Thompson, 90, of 94 Island Road, Cornwall Island, passed away Tuesday evening, October 15, 2019 at her home with her loving family by her side.

Esther was born March 31, 1929 on Cornwall Island, the daughter of the late Elijah and Agnes (Jacobs) Benedict. On November 11, 1946, she married James Thompson at St. Regis Catholic Church. James predeceased her on April 11, 2016.

In addition to raising her family, Esther has worked at various locations including the Bombay Slipper Factory and the Bingo Palace. For many years, she was a Community Health Worker with National Health and Welfare and was a Community Health Representative with the former Homemakers Club. On July 1, 1967, while employed with NH&W, she received a Centennial Medal in recognition of service. She was also a foster mother to many. She was a longtime communicant of St. Regis Catholic Church and a member of the Akwesasne Death Benefits. She had a great zest for life and enjoyed visits to the casino, playing bingo and loved picking strawberries. Esther also enjoyed bowling, sewing, dancing, and the sounds of Elvis and George Jones.

Esther is survived by her 10 children, Robert James and Lucyann Thompson, Norris and Sylvia Thompson, Velma and Leon Cook, Roger and Peggy Thompson, Lucille and Ronnie Cook, Luke Thompson and Kathy Herne, Timmy and Becca Thompson, Ruth Seymour, Maureen Thompson and Howie Jock, and Stephanie Thompson and Harvey Delormier; 2 chosen children, Sara and Brennan Thompson; 43 grandchildren, 81 great grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren.

She is also survived by her sisters, Helen Benedict, Margaret Rhode, and Betty David; her brother, Charles “Buster” and Pat Benedict; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by two sons, Joseph Thompson in infancy and Alexander Hollis Thompson at age 10; a son-in-law, Sherwin Seymour; her brothers, Morris E., Winston C., Edwin, and Robert L. Benedict; and her sisters, May Cole and Charleen Cole.

Friends may call at her home, 94 Island Road from 1:00 PM Monday until 9:00 AM Wednesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday 10:30 AM at St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Jerome Pastores, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made in her memory to Caring Hearts of Akwesasne.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, October 21st, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Monday, October 21st, 2019 1:00pm
    Akwesasne Ontario Residence
    Akwesasne, ON
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    Resting at her home, 94 Island Road
  • Service

    Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 | 10:30am
    Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 10:30am
    St. Regis Catholic Church
    107 Angus Thomas Memorial Road
    Akwesasne, QC H0M 1A0
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    Rev. Jerome Pastores
  • Interment

    St. Lawrence Cemetery
    Hilltop Drive
    St. Regis, QC H0M 1A0
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Our deepest sympathies. With love, Kelly, Liam, Jeremy+Shaude+the kids, Alyson+Taylor, Josh+Yvonne, Meghan+Chad
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Sasha Knox

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Ester is my oldest Daughter Ayevas great grandmother. She's an exceptional woman who was always there for her family. I loved seeing her in the morning driving around the neighborhood checking in on all of her brood. Which was a tall order, but she lived for it. I'll always remember mornings in the summer when the boys were all sleeping in. She'd come in, wake them all up. Pushing them to help with family chores or get a productive day started. She wanted the best for each and every one of them. When I first had Aeyva she was the one to make me feel like family. Welcoming. Big smile. So kind. She kept a picture of Aeyva and I on her hutch. She never had a negative word to say about anyone. I'm so grateful that I had those several years to get to know you Ester. I'm grateful Aeyva got to know you. We are better for it. We will miss you incredibly. Say Hi to tota boy for me.

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Our condolences on the passing of a wonderful woman our mother called "best friend". Love, the Fetter's - Lynn, Kurt, Karl, and Kent.
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Esther was a truly an amazing person who was always so cheerful and loving. She will be greatly missed by all.
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