Mollie Grace Thompson


Mollie Grace Stetson Thompson passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 3, 2019 at Collinwood Assisted Living and Memory Care in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Mollie was born on Jan. 21, 1931, in Neponset, Illinois, the first daughter of Joseph and Wauneeta (Smith) Stetson and sister to Joseph Jr. and Bonnie (Ballantyne) Stetson.
Mollie fought a courageous battle against Alzheimer's Disease that robbed her of her memory, but not her ability to "grace" the lives of so many who knew her. She died peacefully with all five of her children sharing her final days before the loving arms of her Lord welcomed her to heaven to be with her devoted husband, Cliff.
Mollie grew up on a farm in western Illinois, where she learned the virtues of hard work, a commitment to family and the importance of a strong faith, all attributes that she embodied until her final days in this earthly realm.
From a very early age, Mollie was blessed with a gift for music, which she developed as a choral music major at Northwestern University and carried on to her last days. Every church congregation that she was ever a member of received a healthy dose of "Choir Director Mollie," "Organist Mollie," or "Vacation Bible School Mollie!"
In 1967, with her young, growing family, she moved with her husband, Cliff, to Switzerland, as he began a career as corporate executive for Dow Chemical, Europe. It was there that Mollie began to develop her love for diverse cultures and a love of traveling. After four years in Switzerland it was time to return to the states, where she and Cliff raised a family, with stops in California, Indiana and finally back in Michigan, where they retired in 1993 to our special summer retreat on Torch Lake.
Anyone who has ever met Mollie will surely say she'd left a lasting impression on them. Mollie rarely (ever?) said no to an opportunity to offer her time for a fundraiser or to help out with anything needed at church. (She was known as "The Pie Lady" of Antrim County, often sought out for her "Pie of the Month" contribution to Alden United Methodist Church fundraisers!) She believed firmly in giving back to others in need. She supported dozens of charitable organizations and never turned down a student looking for a piano lesson who didn't' have the means to pay.
A lover of music and the arts, Mollie was a part of many organizations, such as Old Town Playhouse, Aged to Perfection, Grand Traverse Musicale, Traverse Symphony Orchestra and Juniper Garden Club, just to name a few.
Mollie had a joy and enthusiasm for life that was unparalleled. She was never too tired for a tea party for the grand kids, pulling weeds at the church so she could spend time with friends or just spending quality time with family. She embodied humility and was so frequently referenced as "the kindest person I've ever met" by those whose lives were touched by her. The world was a better place for having her in it. Heaven's choir has gained another angel, and she already knows all their harmonies.
Mollie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Cliff; and her brother, Joseph.
She is survived by her five children, Pamela (Robert) Arbogast, of Grants Pass, Oregon, Scott Thompson, of Rapid City, Lori Thompson, of Ft. Collins, Colorado, Heidi (John) Thompson, of Ft. Collin's Colorado, and Michelle (Keith) Fletcher, of Loveland, Colorado; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 5, at 10 a.m. at Alden United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be offered to Alzheimer's Association or Alden United Methodist Church.
Published on June 8, 2019
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MaryEllen Perry
Jun 11, 2019
I helped with Miss Mollie's care and she brought so much into my life. She was always sweet, smiling, caring and singing.
We would spend time outdoors on nice days and sing old tunes. Her heart was full of love, life, and songs. I will always have a special place in my heart for such a beautiful. graceful, loving, and musical Mollie. I will never forget you.
I write this with much respect and love to you. Miss Mollie
dorothy clore
Jun 11, 2019
Mollie was my first musical connection in Alden. I sang under her direction at the Methodist Church, accompanied her lovely singing voice, and will always remember her theatre performances, her spot-on voice in the Antrim County Com. Choir, and beautiful, smiling presence, and supportive friendship. It was a privilege and an honor to have known her.