Irma Thompson, 102, passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, in her hometown of Buena Vista, where she was born May 27, 1917.

She was the only child of the late Matthew E. Blake and Edith Twitty Blake and the wife of John William Thompson who preceded her in death.

She had a long and rewarding career as an educator, first as a public school teacher for 35 years, after which she spent seven years supervising student teachers for Mary Baldwin College.

She was an active and engaged community member, serving on numerous boards of community and government organizations and being frequently honored for her dedicated service. “I’ll wear out but I won’t rust out” was Irma’s personal motto and up until the very day of her death, she was active in her role as president of the Colored School Historical Society, continued to attend a monthly book club, and was a supportive member of People United In Christ United Methodist Church.

Irma is survived by her two sons, John Edward Thompson and wife Sharon of Silver Spring, Md., and William B. Thompson and wife Shirley of San Antonio, Texas; one daughter, Danta K. Thompson and husband James Johnson of Buena Vista. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Viewing will take place Saturday, Jan. 4, 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., at People United in Christ United Methodist Church, 2446 N. Sycamore Ave., Buena Vista.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to The Colored School Historical Society, P.O. Box 607, Buena Vista, VA 24416.

In honor of Irma a “Celebration of Life and Achievements” shall be held in the spring.

Arrangements are being handled by Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services. N-G

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