Tuesday, July 06, 2010

I miss you already, Grandma

EVANS MILLS, N.Y. — Laura Louise Baker Thompson, 77, of 8130 Schell Ave., passed away Saturday, July 3, at the Samaritan Keep Home, Watertown, where she had been a resident for about two months while battling cancer.

Born Feb. 2, 1933, in Copenhagen, the daughter of Milton and Mary Smith Baker, she was the youngest of four children. Her siblings were Leon Durham, Jessie Jones, and Robert Baker.

She was married to the love of her life, Robert James Thompson, on July 4, 1949, in Dexter. The couple lived in several areas of New York State due to her husband’s career as an operating engineer and mechanic on many construction sites.They settled in Calcium in 1963 where they enjoyed a very happy marriage until Bob passed away suddenly on May 3, 1982. She remained a widow for the remainder of her life.

She attended Watertown High School and was an honor student. She also graduated from Chrishelle’s School of Cosmetology, and opened Laura’s Beauty Salon, adjacent to her home in Calcium in 1970 which remained in business for almost 40 years. Many of her customers became cherished, lifelong friends.

Mrs. Thompson loved her family and loved to be around people. She enjoyed food and cooking, and was known for making outstanding pies. Laura was very artistic, loved painting, making jewelry, crocheting, and was an avid crafter.

She was a musician from childhood who played piano and organ, by ear and without the benefit of reading music. She used her musical talents to entertain and to provide music for many Jefferson County civic groups. In her teen years, she was a member of a Country and Western band with family members and friends.

She was a seventh degree member of Pine Grove Grange, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Amaranth, Home Bureau, The North Side Improvement League, and was the President of the Resident’s Association of Milltown Housing.

Surviving are a son and his wife, Robert and Ruth Thompson, Mountain Home, Ark.; a daughter and her husband, Robin and Mark Brand, Indian Lake; a son, Randy Thompson and his partner Cheri Geller, Syracuse; a grandson, Mark Robert Brand and his wife Beth of Evanston, Illinois' a granddaughter, Brooke Ruzycky and her husband Walter, Evans Mills; a granddaughter, Tracy Berner and her husband Ben of Fulton; great-grandsons Allesandro and Kaden Berner , John Brand, and Gabriel Ruzycky; a brother Robert Baker and his wife Helen, Black River, and a large extended family of sister and brothers-in- law, and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and many, many friends. Two of her nieces were like daughters to her; Trudy Felt and her husband Morris of Depauville, and her niece Terra House and her partner Dani Reed of Three Mile Bay.

Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter, has been entrusted with arrangements.

The calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 7. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 8, at Calcium Community Church, Route 342, Calcium. Burial will be in Sanford Corners Cemetery, Calcium. A reception for the family and friends will be held at the church following the burial.

Donations in Laura’s name may be made to the Calcium Community Church, Calcium, New York 13616 and the Evans Mills Ambulance Squad, Noble Street, Evans Mills, NY 13637.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the Samaritan Keep Home for the loving care Laura received, and to her many family members and friends who supported her through her long battle with cancer.

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