Mary ‘Jeanne’ Farris Thompson passed away on Saturday, September 3 rd , 2022, in Lubbock, Texas at the age of 92. She was born on October 31, 1929 to Paul and Madelyn (Fargen) Farris, in Dalhart, Texas. Her service will be at Liberty Baptist Church in Dalhart, Texas, on Tuesday, September 6 th at 2:00pm with Jeremy McMorris officiating. Interment will follow in the Hartley Cemetery under the direction of Beeson ~ Morrison Funeral Directors.
She grew up in Dalhart, involved in anything musical. She went to Kella Hill Elementary. She had a special first grade teacher that organized many reunions as her first-grade classes became adults. She had wonderful memories from all those reunions with old classmates. Jeanne and her father loved attending High School football games, listening to sports on the radio, hunting rabbits and being outdoors together. Her Dad is responsible for her love of all sports. In High School, she sang at many events, solos, duets, and quartets as well as in chorus. She sang at the Air Force base on many occasions and even on the radio to promote the XIT Rodeo and Reunion.
She graduated from Dalhart High School and attended Texas Technological College in Lubbock, Texas for a year. She met Hayden “Jack” Thompson in 1947 at Tech and they were married on January 30, 1949. She had heard about that red-headed guy from Hartley, but they had never met, even though growing up 15 miles apart. He was the love of her life. She and Jack moved to the family farm in Hartley County. She began her life as the Farmer’s Wife, a job she loved and learned so well from Jack’s mother. Mrs. Thompson took Jeanne under her wing and patiently taught her how to cook, sharing all her knowledge, as well as how to give grace and love. She became one of the very best cooks and bakers in Hartley and she attributed that to her mother-in-law.
Together, she and Jack, raised three children: sons, Jay and Danny Thompson, and daughter, Jency. She was their biggest supporter and cheered them on in everything they did. She was interested in all the kids in Hartley, making an impact on many lives. Jeanne loved gardening and would have a large garden every summer, which fed the family, farmhands and guests. She canned enough green beans and black-eyed peas to enjoy every week, all year long. The bounty from her garden was shared with many every year. She was involved in Hartley Study Club, Extension Club, and Bridge Club, holding many positions of leadership more than once. Jeanne continued sharing her gift of singing in the community at many events and leading the song service at Hartley Baptist Church for many years. She was also involved in the Hi-Bred International Pioneer organization, promoting Hartley and the farming community. From childhood on, Jeanne always had a cat, she loved all her cats dearly. She loved all animals, could identify every bird that landed on the farm, as well as all the wildflowers. Her kids were in the doghouse for quite a while if they mowed over any blooming wildflower along her fence line to the highway. She loved her Indian Blankets the most. She was an excellent
seamstress, best cook – often preparing meals for 10 to 12 people daily during the busy summer farming months. She fed a lot of growing young men through the years. During wheat harvest, she would cook all morning, load everything into her car, drive to the field, wherever that was, pop the trunk and present everyone with a feast of hot, fresh food, gallons of iced tea and a dessert made for kings. She would return in the evening with sandwiches, cookies, watermelon, anything to fill up the working bunch who would work way past dark. The garden wouldn’t be forgotten during this busy time, either. Jeanne loved to sew, crochet, cook, bake, knit, play cards, and play on her Nintendo devices. Her cookie jar was always full of homemade cookies or Chex mix and her cookie drawer was full of her favorite vanilla sandwich cookies. She made homemade ice cream every Sunday in the summer for whoever might stop by. She was the best hostess and enjoyed serving others.
Her grandsons were her pride and joy, following their athletics and activities far and wide. When they married, she welcomed each new granddaughter with open arms and considered them her own. She did her best to know what made each one happy and what they were interested in doing.
Jeanne was a prayer warrior. She prayed for her children and grands daily, for everyone in need, our country and those around the world. She was kind and sweet, fearless and loving, and lived a full, well-lived life.
She was preceded in death by her parents and Jack Thompson, her husband of 43 years. He passed away in 1991.
Those left to celebrate her life are her son, Jay Thompson (RoxAnn), son, Danny Thompson (Mary), and daughter, Jency Thoma (Rusty). She had 9 grandsons; Paul, Lance, Andy, Matthew, Aaron and Garrett Thompson, Tristan, Travis and Trace Thoma; 8 great-grandsons, 6 great-granddaughters and 1 great-great granddaughter, and sister, Vicki Takagishi (Alan). She was dearly loved by all. They brought so much joy to her life.
The family thanks Angie Aguayo for her loving care of their mother over the past 2 years. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a favorite charity.