Surrounded by her family, Ella Mae Thompson passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home on February 17, 2021.
Ella was born in Ironwood, MI on May 14, 1941 to the late Charles Rae Cox and Alma Saari Cox, step-mother Vera Cox. She grew up in Bessemer, MI and was part of the 1959 AD Johnston H.S. graduating class. Ella married her one true love, Patrick Thompson, in 1960. They raised their four children; Jane, Penny, Dan, and Pete (Connie) Thompson in Ontonagon, MI.
Ella was dedicated to her family first and foremost. She played an active role in raising her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always attending school programs, dance recitals, figure skating shows and sporting events. Her grandkids would tell you she was the warmest lap to sit on and the most genuine hug. She was the matriarch, the rock of the family. Ella was an active member of the Eagles Club and the Ontonagon County Historical Society. She always had an open door for her family, friends and neighbors. The coffee pot was always on and everyone was welcome.
Ella also enjoyed spending time on the shores of Lake Superior, canoeing, bird watching, reading and going for leisurely drives, stopping at flea markets and antique shops. She always had an interest in Native American culture, attending pow-wows, and collecting dream catchers. Ella has mourned the loss of Pat every day since he passed away. His urn has resided in their home. In accordance with their request, his urn will be buried on top of her, as she’d always say with a smile, “That’s where he always wanted to be.”
The burial service for Pat and Ella Thompson will take place in the spring at Evergreen Cemetery.
Arrangements are being made by Cane Funeral Home.
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