Nancy Marie Mitchell was born on December 15, 1940 to Percy and Lucy Mitchell in Orange, TX. She was the seventh of twelve children. She was raised in a Christian home and grew to love the Lord at an early age, and was a lifelong member of Salem United Methodist Church. Nancy graduated from Wallace High School in 1959, she married Franklin R. Thompson Sr. shortly afterwards. She was known for her wonderful cooking and her culinary gift landed her work at The Capistrano restaurant and in later years at West Orange-Stark school district until retirement. She often had family and friends gather together through her delicious cooking. She loved people and she would feed a stranger.
Nancy didn’t have a lot in monetary value, but she was rich with love, with kindness, and generosity; and she was quick to offer help to others. Her winning smile, non-judgmental attitude, unselfishness and unconditional love, drew people to her. This was especially evident during her last hospital stay at Methodist St. Catherine, where those who weren’t even assigned to her area, would come by, just to see her smile. No matter how sick she was, she maintained a pleasant disposition and a sunny outlook each day. She was highly protective of those she loved and would always see the “good” in those that were thought of as castaways. She rarely became angry, but if she did, her forgiving heart wouldn’t allow it to last long, for she never held grudges or became resentful. She was the living example of 1 Corinthians 13:4-13. She left this world and transitioned to join our heavenly Father on November 5, 2018.
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents above and her siblings, Freeman Mitchell, Alma Mitchell Randall, Percy Mitchell Jr., Louis Mitchell, and Bill Mitchell. She leaves loving memories with her surviving sisters and brothers, Robert George Mitchell (Mary Ann), Shirley Mitchell Joseph, and Pamela Mitchell Robinson of Orange, Texas. Ivanola Mitchell Bryant (Melvin) of Riverside, California. Nathan Mitchell and Bertha Mitchell Lazenby (Herman) of Los Angeles, California.
Her love for her children was uncompromising and she leaves her example of love in her only daughter, Lalita R. Thompson of Houston, Texas, her eldest son, Franklin R. Thompson Jr. (Andrea) of Beaumont, Texas and her baby, Shawn D. Thompson of Orange, Texas. Nancy has 9 grandchildren, Miya Thompson, Brandy Rhodes-Thompson, JaJuan Thompson, Perry Thompson, Franekia Thompson, Randy Rhodes Jr., Ja’Marrion Thompson, and Ja’Vonte Thompson. She also leaves behind 3 great grandchildren Za’Kenya, KeVunn, and La’Darius, a God daughter, Roslyn Hadnott Woodard; and host of nieces and nephews.
Going home celebration will be on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Salem United Methodist Church in Orange, Texas.
Services time begins at 3:00 PM. Visitation begins at 1:30 PM until service time. Interment will follow at Hollywood Cemetery in Orange, Texas. Under the direction of Colonial Memorial Chapel.