LONDONVILLE — Eleanor A. “Nori” Thompson, 91, of Loudonville, died Monday afternoon, June 27, 2011, at her home following a short period of declining health.
Mrs. Thompson was born Nov. 11, 1919, in Lakeville and was the daughter of the late Cecil and Mae (Regne) Marmet. She lived in the Loudonville area most of her life and was a 1937 graduate of Lakeville High School. On Aug. 15, 1938, she married Robert D. Thompson and he preceded her in death on Aug. 8, 1992. With her husband, she was co-founder of Thompson Paper Co. of Loudonville, the Loudonville Shopper, and many other businesses such as Brownie’s Lucky T, the Party Shop, and the Home and Travel Center, all of Loudonville. When she and her husband were first married, they operated a farm in the Loudonville area in addition to their many businesses. She and her husband enjoyed wintering in Florida for many years, and eventually owned and operated a couple of motels in conjunction with other family members.
She was an active and dedicated member of the Ashland County Democratic Party, the Ohio Democratic Party, and the National Democratic Party. She was the 2001 recipient of the Ashland County Democratic Party’s Woman of the Year Award, and along with her husband, attended many Democratic National Conventions. She was a member of the former Business and Professional Women’s Club of Loudonville. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Loudonville, where she enjoyed working at the church’s Farmers Market. One of the many loves of her life was working in her garden, as well as tending to her flowers and lawn. She also enjoyed spending time with many friends and family and was well known for her amazing ability to whip up a fantastic meal for any number of people from whatever contents were to be found in her refrigerator at the moment. Although she was very involved in the many family businesses and other organizations, her family and her many friends were always the most important things in her life.
She is survived by two sons, Bob (Gloria Gongwer) Thompson and Tom (Cheryl) Thompson, all of Loudonville; her daughter, Sherri (John) Zimmerman of Rock Hill, S.C.; five grandchildren, Jay Zimmerman, Julie McCormick, Staci (Mick) Fry, Erik (Danielle) Thompson and Ryan (Christine) Thompson; six great-grandchildren, Tyler and Kendall Harmon, Hailey McCormick, Garett and Sydney Fry, and Nori Thompson; one sister, Marge Moffet of Merritt Island, Fla.; and three special nieces, Laura Darby of Coco Beach, Fla., Rosalee Leonard and Linda Young, both of Wooster.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one brother, Paul Marmet.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 1, at 10:30 a.m. in First Presbyterian Church, Loudonville, with the Rev. Kathleen Walkerow officiating. Burial will be in Loudonville Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, June 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Byerly-Lindsey Funeral Home, Loudonville.
The family requests memorial contributions to Helping Hand, c/o Deb Cowen, 332 N. Adams St., Loudonville, OH 44842; Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Drive, Loudonville, OH 44842; or First Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Main St., Loudonville, OH 44842. Online condolences may be left for the family at http://www.Byerly-Lindsey.com.