Mary Wanda (Ray) Thompson died on April 14, 2021 at the age of 94 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she had resided for over sixty years. She is survived by her loving son Wesley and his wife Candace from Sapulpa, Oklahoma. her grandchildren Pia of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Mariah of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Candace Jr., and her husband George of Billings, Montana; and six great-grandchildren.
Mary was born on June 6, 1926 in Ozark, Arkansas. She was the youngest of five children and grew up during the Great Depression. In 1944 she graduated from Wister High School. Mary was sharp, determined, and resourceful, and an accomplished woman in many ways. She mastered Morse code and worked as a telegraph operator and train dispatcher for the Santa Fe Railway in Moline, Kansas. Later, when she came to Tulsa, she owned a clothing store and then a real estate locksmith for the Carriage Company. In her later career she worked at Creek County Child Support and as an accountant for various companies.
In her spare time, she enjoyed DIY projects, hanging wallpapers, and renovating furniture for fun. She rehabilitated and sold houses before flipping houses was popular. She loved to bake and her family loved to eat her creations. Mary was a world class seamstress and made many of her own dresses, as did those of her granddaughters. As a working single mom, she took great pride in sending her son to college and then law school. Most of all, she loved her family and valued her role as a mother and grandmother.
Mary was loved deeply and will be missed forever by her family and all those who have had the privilege to know her. She was the best.
No public services are held.
Published by Tulsa World on April 25, 2021.
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