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Mary Thomson - an Appreciation

Mary Thomson
We celebrated Mary’s wonderful life in a service in Stichill Church on June 25th, followed by an extensive afternoon tea shared by many friends from church and community. Mary had lived most of her life within the bounds of our parish, arriving with her parents at Hawthorn Cottage, Stichill, at the age of 17 after a decade at Makerstoun, where she went to school and Sunday School. She was married to her beloved Dod (George) in July, 1962, and they adopted Neil (1968) and Alison (1972) to make the family complete. Alison later presented Mary and Dod with grandchildren Cameron and Eden, who were the apple of Mary’s eye.
Through the years, Mary made a tremendous contribution to life in her church and community. She was a stalwart in the Rural and the Guild, and a great servant of her church in every conceivable way. She was one of the first female elders in the parish when she was ordained in December, 2001, and later, made her mark as Events Convenor, masterminding many happy fund-raising events and inspiring those who worked alongside her.
She excelled at crafts, especially quilting and card-making, and was always pleased to share her skills with others.
Mary made a positive contribution to the life of every single person she met, and people from all walks of life remember her kindness and willingness to go the second mile for others. From the 60s when she was forewoman in Peter Scott’s knitwear factory in Kelso and was so encouraging to the younger workers, to the years when she took over from her mother as Stichill’s Postmistress, to more recent times when Mary showed people around the church and managed the hall bookings and arrangements…in every instance, Mary’s smiling welcome and helpful, caring ways have made their mark.
Many of us saw in Mary’s face the face of God, beaming its blessing upon us. She was quiet and self-effacing, and yet, gloriously forthright and good-humoured. Love flowed from her and touched us all, and we count ourselves the better for having known her.
We extend our love and prayers to Dod, Neil and Alison at this sad time, as we thank God for Mary’s life, her friendship and her Christian witness among us, and commend her to God’s tender loving care for all eternity.

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Date: 01/07/2012