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Edith Thompson, 84, of Marble died Tuesday, June 25, 2013. She was a native of Macon County, but had lived in Marietta, GA before moving back to Cherokee County in 1972. She was a 1953 graduate of Memorial Mission School of Nursing after which she worked for the Rodda-Van Gorder Clinic in Andrews, NC, which later became District Memorial Hospital, serving as its first Director of Nursing. She worked for Kennestone Hospital while living in Marietta and later returned to District Memorial Hospital to serve again as Director of Nursing until the late 80’s. She then taught at Tri-County Community College for 17 years as Nursing Assistant Instructor. Edith was a member of Vengeance Creek Baptist Church where she was active in the Sunshine Club. Her hobbies included quilting, crocheting, gardening, and playing bingo.


She was the daughter of the late Edd Denny and Maude Willis Lunsford and the wife of the late John C. Thompson, who died November 19, 2006.


Surviving are two daughters, Karen Burchardt and husband, Harry M. of Blairsville, GA and Lisa Long and husband, Jimmy of Young Harris, GA; a son, Mark Thompson of Marble; two sisters, Darlene Kauffman of Andrews and Brenda Hill of Claremont, NC; three brothers, Furman Lunsford of Marble, David Lunsford of Thomasville, NC, and Denver Denny of Andrews; and a granddaughter, Johanna Burchardt.


Funeral services were held at 7:00 PM Friday, June 28 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy with the Revs. Fred Lunsford and Derrick Palmer officiating. Interment was held at 10:00 AM Saturday, June 29 in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Jeff Ledford, Danny Moore, Mickey Maennle, Bruce Rose, Robert Debty, and Gary Rogers.


The family received friends from 5-6:45 Friday evening at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy prior to the services.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Edith Thompson to the Andrews VFW Post 7620, PO Box 519, Andrews, NC 28901 or Vengeance Creek Baptist Church, PO Box 253, Marble, NC 28905.


Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.



#10 Darlene Ledford 2013-07-15 15:51
Karen, Mark and Lisa, I am so sorry for your loss. Edith was a truly remarkable lady and such a inspiration to me. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
#9 Nancy Narkawicz 2013-06-28 22:22
My deepest sympathy to the family and close friends of Edith Thompson. I pray that GOD will bless each of you with good health, comfort and safe travels during the difficult days ahead.
#8 Vickie Wyper 2013-06-28 14:54
Karen, Mark & Lisa - I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother. I know well the mix of overwhelming emotions you all feel at this time. I pray that your loving memories and the joyful anticipation of the reunion you will one day have with Edith and Clayton will soon overshadow the sadness you feel in her departure. I love you all and will continue to lift you up in prayer.
#7 Retha Coker 2013-06-28 10:49
Deepest Condolences ..So Very Sorry For Your Loss ..We Love You all Prayers ,Love and Big Hugz To all ..
The Cokers , Ronnie , Retha & Emily ♥
She Will Be Missed Tremendously ~Wonderful lady !
#6 Deborah Raper 2013-06-27 08:58
Edith will always personify my idea of what a nurse should aspire to. She was knowledgeable and professional, but kind and gentle. What a legacy she left in her role as a nurse and teacher.
#5 Debbie & Bo Gray 2013-06-27 08:38
We pray the Lord's comfort and blessing upon your family during this difficult and sad time. Edith was such a joy to be around. A caring, sensitive and true professional ... and a sweet, smiling soul.
#4 Rayburn & Judy Mason 2013-06-27 08:31
We are so sorry for your loss. Regret that we will not be able to attend the service due to prior obligations. Our thoughts and prayers and with your family.
#3 Julie Lunsford Yonce 2013-06-26 22:11
Very sorry for your loss. Edith was one of the best people I have ever known. She was always helpful and kind to everyone. She will be missed.
#2 John Payne 2013-06-26 18:26
Karen, Mark and Lisa. I am deeply sadden and broken hearted to hear to Mrs. Thompson's passing. She was such a Blessing each time I saw her while I was working at District Memorial Hospital , EMS and Murphy Medical Center. Always giving words of encouragement to each and everyone she met. Her kindness and generosity to each student that passed through her class of Nursing Assistance knew they were taught by the very best.Know that you are in my Thoughts and Prayers at this most Difficult time in your lives.
#1 Loretta Conley 2013-06-26 14:10
So sorry for your loss. Mrs. Thompson was such a sweet and caring lady. I enjoyed taking my cna classes with her. She cared about her students and went out of her way to help them. She will be missed.
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