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Mrs. Anne Elizabeth Thompson

Mrs. Anne Elizabeth Thompson
  • May 28, 1942 - November 29, 2018
  • Richland, Michigan
  • Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan
    222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007
  • Family & Children Services-Kalamazoo
    1608 Lake Street
    Kalamazoo, MI 49001

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“Bruce,Sorry to hear of your wife Anne's passing.I enjoyed the few times we spent togetherand hope we will see you again soon.Sincerely,Robbie and...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Robbie Morrison - Portage, MI

“Anne and I were friends since West Main School first grade! She was fun and kind and always remembered my birthday. My sympathies to Bruce, Henry...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Susan Kodani Groggel - CO

“Anne was a wonderful Board member for Family & Children Services! ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Donald Vander Kooy

“Dear Bruce and Henry, So sorry for your loss. Anne was truly a wonderful person. So many memories of great times together at the university. She...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: A friend

“Bruce & Henry, while saddened at the loss of dear Anne her legacy of precious memories will always be with you. Your steadfast care of her the past...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: A friend

“Bruce:Please accept my deepest condolences on Anne's passing. We shared a lot of good times at WMU hockey games, which seems like a hundred years ago...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Robert Buwalda - Hilton Head, SC


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Anne Elizabeth Thompson, age 76, of Richland passed away Thursday afternoon, November 29, 2018 at Friendship Village. She was born in Kalamazoo on May 28, 1942, the loving daughter of Robert M. and Francis (deKoning) Sorlie, and was a lifelong resident of the Kalamazoo area. Anne graduated from University High School in Kalamazoo and received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Western Michigan University. Over the years, Anne was employed at the Brown Company, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and retired from Western Michigan University after more than 25 years of service.

Anne married the "Love of Her Life", Bruce H. Thompson in Kalamazoo on May 8, 1971; he survives. She is also survived by her son, Henry A. Thompson of Jackson; her step-daughter, Anne Leslie (Adam) Grath; her granddaughter, Alexa Thompson; and her cousins, Kathy (Rudy) Hentschal, Gretchen (Carl) Martinson, and Kim deKoning. Anne was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister, Lynn French.

Anne had a great sense of humor, an excellent story teller, had a strong desire to help others, and was extremely generous, even to a fault. She was an avid reader and loved spending time with family and her pets. Anne was involved with the Ladies of the Lake at Gull Lake, and served on the boards of Family and Children Services in Kalamazoo and Hospice of Southwest Michigan.

A memorial gathering to celebrate Anne's life will be held 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Monday, January 7th at Heritage Hall on WMU's East Campus. Memorials directed to the Ladies of the Lake Scholarship Fund through the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Hospice of Southwest Michigan, and/or Family and Children Services of Kalamazoo, would be appreciated. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Anne may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.

Upcoming Funeral Services

January 07, 2019
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM    3809715 3907370 20190107T160000 20190107T180000

Heritage Hall

625 Oakland Drive Kalamazoo, MI 49008