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3/1/2013 10:59:00 AM
Martha Louise (Weiss) Thompson

Martha Louise Weiss Thompson was born on Aug. 8, 1913 and died on Feb. 21, 2013 in Wenatchee. She had lived in Plain, outside of Leavenworth for 25 years. Martha was born to Alma Weiss and Louis P. Weiss in Portsmouth, Ohio. As a child, Martha loved to draw, eventually studying at Ohio State University where she was awarded a degree in art.

She married Andy Creamer Thompson in 1939 and spent most of her married life in Northern Illinois raising their four children, Andy Thompson, Jr. of Spokane, Kathy Thompson of Waseca, Minn., Julie Thompson of Santa Monica, Calif. and Stephen Thompson of Tacoma, all of whom survive her.

Martha is also survived by a sister in law, Marianne Weiss, of Columbus Ohio, three grandchildren, five great grandchildren, step great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, step nieces and step nephews, great nieces and great nephews as well as a son in law, and two daughters in law.

After a divorce, Martha moved to Wheatridge, Colo. to enjoy painting in the Rocky Mountains. Although she often painted in oils, (she favored the Impressionists and the Dutch Masters) Martha's specialty became pen and ink drawings. She made and sold Christmas cards to a company who marketed them. She also worked as a substitute teacher in Colorado. She is fondly remembered by the Doty Family, for whom she worked as a nanny-housekeeper. They still hold her in high regard and affection 30 years later.

In 1986, she moved to Plain, on the Wenatchee River to be near her sons, and continued to enjoy her art, her children, her friends and the natural environment of the Northwest, especially the birds. She donated art works to the Auxiliary Fire Department in Ponderosa Estates and was their treasurer for a time.

She was privileged to live independently until she was 95 when she moved to Colonial Vista Assisted Living. There, she enjoyed the company and care of the very fine staff, including Fern and Pam, and Bev and to enjoy the companionship and help of Cari. In scaling down her household to move to Colonial Vista, she donated 50 art books to the Leavenworth Public Library.

She gave her children many gifts, especially the love and understanding of art and music. She played the piano and the organ. Her children consider it a privilege to have had her in their lives for so long, and will miss her and think of her forever.

At Martha's request, there will be no service or memorial, and her ashes will be scattered in the Cascades.

In Martha's memory, you can make a donation to the Auxiliary Fire Department at Ponderosa Estates in Plain, a volunteer group of the Chelan County Fire District 4.

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