In Loving Memory of Mary Ellen Thompson

February 10, 1933
Brooklyn, NY
January 23, 2019
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


St. Pius X Church

Mass of Christian Burial

834 Brookside Drive,
CT 06824

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 10:00 a.m.


Oak Lawn Cemetery

1530 Bronson Road,
CT 06824

January 30, 2019

Family Gathering


Academy of Mount St. Ursula

330 Bedford Park Blvd.,
NY 10458

Mary Ellen Thompson

The lovely Mary Ellen (Rand) Thompson, age 85, of Fairfield, beloved wife of her late husband Frank J. Thompson passed away January 23, 2019 peacefully at home. She was the devoted mother of her five loving children, Frank P. Thompson and wife Lisa of Norwalk, Patricia A. Thompson of Fairfield, Susan M. Thompson and her husband Alex Davis of Starksboro, VT and Ruth E. Thompson of Stratford; and a loving granddaughter who brought her great joy, Thompson Elizabeth Davis. She was predeceased by her daughter, Elizabeth M. Thompson. Mary Ellen was born in Brooklyn, New York. She attended the Academy of Mount Saint Ursula in Bedford Park, NY for grammar school through high school. She had a deep love for learning as evidenced by her early graduation from 8th grade at 12 years old and graduation from high school at the age of 16. She was frequently recognized for her talents in Latin, writing and journalism. Upon graduating high school at the age of 16, she began working at AT&T in Manhattan and attended Fordham University at night. She graduated from Fordham University School of Education in 1955 and is a proud Fordham Ram alumnus. At AT&T she worked as an engineering associate for 15 years until she met Frank in 1964. They married in 1965 and lived in Skaneateles, NY where they began their family until moving to Westport, CT, eventually settling in Fairfield in the house they called home for 51 years. Mary Ellen is a former charter member of the Easton Racquet Club where she played tennis and brought home many trophies through the years. She was an active and longtime member of the American Association of University Women serving in various leadership roles. As the Bicentennial Chairwoman of the Fairfield Women’s club, she directed the beautification of the Sturges Wildlife and Skating pond in the Mill Plain section of Fairfield. This 1976 project, that had her five young children skating regularly, reflected her love of community and the outdoors. She was instrumental in starting a gourmet group with the Fairfield Women’s club and shared her love of food with this group who became her close friends. This group morphed into a Finance group, another of her keen interests. She was an avid reader, reading multiple papers cover to cover on a daily basis to keep up on current events. She was extremely proud of her Italian heritage and enjoyed Italian culture and European travel, especially to Italy. She enjoyed boating with her late husband and was an active member of the U.S. Power Squadron. Mary Ellen was a long-time active parishioner of St. Pius X Church. Her favorite Saint was Saint Anthony, the Patron Saint of lost things, providing a steady courage to face the ups and downs of life, to be concerned for the needs of others, and to have our feet solidly on the ground. Mary Ellen will be missed by all who knew her intelligence, gracious and generous ways and bright spirit. She will remain in our hearts forever as an example of a life well lived. Mary Ellen wishes that you be kind and forgiving to your family and loved ones, spend time with them, take a walk and sit by the water, make a toast to loving relationships and enduring friendships. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 10 a.m. meeting directly at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Academy of Mount Saint Ursula, 330 Bedford Park Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458. Please make checks payable to Academy of Mount Saint Ursula. For information or to sign an online guest register please visit

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14 Guestbook Entries for Mary Ellen Thompson

  1. Mary Ellen was indeed a stalwart member of the US Power Squadrons and will be very much missed by all of us who enjoyed her so much. On behalf of the Greenwich Sail & Power Squadron, I send my condolences to her family and other friends. Past District Commander Susan Ryan

  2. It is with remorse that we accept the death of Mary Ellen. However. she has gone on to be with Frank for eternity. We had some memorable years with both of them in District 2 of The United States Power Squadrons. We love and admire both of them and consider them true friends.

  3. Condolences to all the Family and know that we are praying for MaryEllen to be a much better place without pain & suffering.

  4. A dear friend. How much we enjoyed the many years in U. S. Power Squadron with both of them. They will be missed.

  5. Frank, Trish, Susan and Ruth,
    We send our deepest sympathies to you and your entire family.

    Mary Ellen was dynamic independent and exceptionally intelligent. Our conversations were always enlightening. I have a deep respect for her protection love and care of her family and the loved ones around her. In addition her devotion to the Catholic Church and society at large is to be admired. Finally, she was always supportive of the institutions around her in Fairfield County as well as the ones that nurtured her upbringing. She seemed to never forget her roots and backed up her devotion with deeds.
    I know the four of you will live on carrying her traits and passing them along as she passed them to you.
    I apologize that I will be unable to attend the mass as I will be in Chicago. I will however find a local Catholic Church and will light a candle and say prayers for her at the time of her service.
    All the best,
    Michael, Laura and Christopher Pope

  6. Ruth, Trish, Susan and Frank,

    Deeply sorry and hope you are able to take comfort of all the wonderful memories you have of your mother. I appreciate your mother and all of you for opening up your home and making me feel so welcomed during the holidays. Your mother was a sweetheart and wow, lived such an accomplished life – you all must be so proud to have had her for a mother. I’m glad she is no longer suffering, but sad that she is no longer with us.
    Big hugs, love & prayers to everyone that were lucky enough to know her and was loved by her.



  7. Mary Ellen was a cherished colleague and fellow board member of the AAUW Bridgeport Branch.
    My heartfelt condolences go out to her family.

    Elisabeth Bresav

  8. A light has gone out. Her bright presence will be missed. I always looked forward to seeing her and speaking with her at our meetings. Rest in peace.

  9. Ruth, Trish, Susan and Frank,
    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your mom. She was a wonderful, dynamic and intelligent lady. We always enjoyed our time with her and hope that you can reflect and find peace and comfort in your memories of her.
    Lisa and Bruce

  10. We have lived across the street from the Thompson’s since 1989 and you couldn’t ask for nicer neighbors. Mary Ellen’s entire family mirrored her warmth, sense of humor and kindness. Mary Ellen was a loyal supporter of several organizations in town, the one we shared was the Penfield Sail and Power Squadron. Mary Ellen was a good friend and will be dearly missed.

  11. Frank, Trish, Susan and Ruth,
    I will always remember our two families (with all us “kids”) being perennial attendees of the Penfield Power Squadron clambakes over the years. Egg tosses on chilly fall days, pants rolled up, bare feet in the damp sand, until finally someone got splatted with that raw egg goodness! Growing up practically on the water was a blessing I count among many, knowing Fairfield as home. I wish you all beautiful moments recalling the fun times with your mom and dad over the years. Take good care of yourselves and one another. My deepest condolences to you all as you grow accustomed to life without both parents.

  12. Frank, Trish Sue and Ruth
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Your mom was so nice. Many fond memories from the old neighborhood. My thoughts are with you and your family.