Mrs. Thompson died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at her home following an extended illness.
Born July 2, 1926, in Waterbury, Conn., she was the daughter of the late Robert V. Blacker Sr. and Laura Hettlinger Blacker.
She married her beloved husband, the late John Francis Thompson in September 1945. Eleven years later they made an adventurous move to Clarkesville, with their two young children. Together they were instrumental in founding St. Mark Catholic Church. Ruth was a member of the Ladies Guild and an active participant in fundraising activities of the church. It can be truly said that service in the church played an important role in the life of Ruth and John Thompson.
Ruth served her community as a volunteer with Sharing and Caring, Habersham Medical Center, Habersham nursing homes. She attended North Georgia Technical and Vocational School, obtained a degree in cosmetology and opened her own shop, “The Little Beauty Box.” Later she worked as a secretary at Hamby State Farm Insurance Agency in Clarkesville. Her greatest role in life, however, was being a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to all. An accomplished seamstress, she also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, playing cards, bird watching, music and gardening.
In addition to her parents and husband she is also preceded in death by her brother, Robert V. Blacker Jr.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Leon Womack of Toccoa, Jane Ellen Thompson and Robert Gordon of Webster, Mass.; grandsons, Tom Craton of Atlanta and John Craton of Flowery Branch; sisters-in-law, Marion T. Orsini of Waterbury, Conn., and Elaine M. Blacker of Watertown, Conn.
Memorials may be made to St. Mark Catholic Church, Building Fund, 5410 Highway 197 S., Clarkesville, GA 30523; United Hospice Of Gainesville, 700 S. Enota NE, Suite 202, Gainesville, GA 30501; or American Cancer Society, 2565 Thompson Bridge Road, Suite 114, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Those wishing to express online condolences to the Thompson family may do so by visiting whitfieldfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are in the care of Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest.
The Northeast Georgian
Wednesday, January 8, 2014