MARGARET I. THOMSON

Margaret I. Thomson, 92, of Long Rapids poured her last cup of tea, served her last freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, and went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 26, 2014.

Margaret was born in Leer, Mich. on July 25, 1921 to the late Carl and Isabel (Keyes) Enger. On May 17, 1941, she married the love of her life, Allen A. Thomson, and he took her to their new home and farm in Long Rapids where the two of them lived for over 70 years. Allen preceded her in death on April 12, 2013.

Margaret had a beautiful smile that would warm the room and especially warmed the heart of her beloved Al. She loved the spring of the year, to see the budding of flowers and trees as the weather turned warm and the windows were opened and the fresh warm air flowed into the old kitchen window.

She had a love of all flowers, especially roses, and the shades of pink and red were her favorites. She had a “green thumb” for household plants and had her own green garden in their living room. She nursed plants, which most would toss, back to beautiful thriving plants.

Margaret was an avid baker, especially apple pie and chocolate chip cookies, which she loved to serve whenever you entered her kitchen. She baked homemade bread three times a week, usually five loaves at a time. She passed to her children and grandchildren the important talent of canning fresh grown fruits and vegetables.

Margaret taught her children, when a family member, friend or stranger had an illness or death, bake a cake and take it to them. Margaret had a talent to take an old coat or dress, rip it apart, and then sew a skirt or dress for her girls. Oft times she would look at a dress in a store window, buy fabric, then come home and lay newspaper out on the dining room table to cut a pattern that would become a skirt, jumper, or dress. Then the old “Singer” sewing machine would roar into the night until the garment was complete. Margaret was a 4-H leader teaching her daughters and neighbor girls the art of cutting fabric, properly, as not to “waste” the precious fabric that could be used for another project. Margaret was a member of the Long Rapids First Congregational Church for over 70 years.

Margaret sold Fuller Brush Products in the 1960’s. She enjoyed the time spent meeting new people and seeing her neighbors.

Margaret is survived by five children: Carol (Michael) Balog, Peggy (Ronald) McDonald, William (Bill) Thomson, Kay (Curtis) Gonyea, Mark (Beckie) Thomson; 15 grandchildren, Jacqueline (Dean) Robinson, Curtis (Melissa) Balog, Randall (Tina) Balog, Lisa (Kory) Goebel, Todd (Christa) McDonald, Mary (John) Judnich, Ronald (Irma) McDonald, Heather (Michael) Styma, Holly (Nicholas) Fouch, Chad (Deanne) Thomson, Craig Surbrook, Heather (Howard) Parish, Kevin Surbrook, James Thomson, and Sarah Thomson; 30 great- grandchildren: Jessica, Joshua, and Jonathan Robinson; Kayla and Travis Balog, Gavin, Gabrielle, Gwen, Grace, Geyer, Giuliana, and Gentry Balog; Tanner, Levi, Haydn, Kolton, and Jedrek Goebel; Vaughn and Rylee McDonald, Sydney Judnich, Rhett and Rachel McDonald; Maddison, Alec, and Zac Styma; Kelsi and Kyron Klimaszewski; Logan Thomson, and Henrik and Hadley Parish; two sisters: Donna (William) Childs of Washington, and Karen (Ferris) Liske of Florida; sister- in-law, Annie Lumsden; very special nieces and nephews, including Dale (Jan) Thomson, and friends, especially from the Long Rapids First Congregational Church and the care providers at Touch of Country Care Home. Preceding her in death was an infant sister, Kathryn; and a special cousin, Arthur Enger.

Mrs. Thomson is at Bannan Funeral Home where family and friends may call on Sunday from 2 – 8 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday at the Long Rapids First Congregational Church from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. with Rev. Arnie Kirschner officiating.

Interment: Long Rapids Cemetery

Memorials: Long Rapids First Congregational Church (Sound System Project), The Leer Lutheran Church (Leer Heritage Fund), or Alpena Regional Medical Center.