Dolly Thompson, born Dolly Mize, passed on June 15th after 85 wonderful years of life.
A visitation for the family and friends will take place Tuesday, June 17th, 2008, from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Malloy & Son Funeral Home in Galveston. The services will be held Wednesday, June 18th, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at the Central Christian Church, Pastor John Allums will officiate. A private burial will be held at Galveston Memorial Park.
Dolly was born in Oneonta, Alabama in 1922 to parents, Oliver and Lena Mize. Dolly was the youngest of eight siblings, and was given her name because they said she resembled a tiny doll upon her arrival. She made her way to Galveston in the early 1940’s during WWII, and began working at Fort Crockett. There she acquired the skills to become an excellent tailor. Over the years Dolly’s profession led her to retire from Sears.
Dolly then met the love of her life “Tommy” C.L. Thompson during a local carnival at the Mountain Speedway Roller Coaster Park. They married in 1944, adopted two children from Athens, Greece and built a beautiful life together. Dolly supported her husband Tommy throughout their many local business endeavors leading to her favorite, Tom’s Thumb Nursery, all while raising her family.
Dolly was an active member in the American Business Women’s Association, and was even elected Woman of the Year in 1976. She put her craftsmanship to use in various ways, and was extremely artistic. She was a religiously devoted woman and spent much of her time with her extended family of Central Christian Church.
Dolly was known by all for her kind-hearted spirit, gentle ways, warm embrace, and being a true confidant. She had an abundance of friends and was considered by many as “an angel on earth”. She was the epitome of what a lady should be and touched many people throughout her life. She never judged or criticized, only offered love and support. Her favorite role in life was loving and caring for her family. She was a dedicated wife, devoted mother, and an outstanding grandma and aunt.
Dolly became known to most as Yaya, and in her retirement she surrounded herself by all who were special to her. She loved spending time with her grandkid's Ashye and Callye, and her daughter Peggy and favorite niece Cindy. Yaya loved all of God’s creatures, especially her pet birds, squirrels, and dogs Keani and Molly.
She was preceded in death by husband “Tommy” C.L. Thompson, parents, and all her brothers and sisters. She is survived by loving daughter Peggy Cornelius, caring grandchildren Callye and Ashye Peyrovi, sister in-law Carmen Schrull, niece Cindy Thompson, son Nicolas Thompson and his children Natalie, Nicole, and Janelle. Other survivors include Lilly Peyrovi, Hank Thompson, and many other nieces and nephews, and close friends. Dolly “Yaya” Thompson will be remembered and deeply missed by all the lives she touched.
Pallbearers will be Hank Thompson, Jody Larriviere, Cary Cornelius, Hugh O’Reilly, Peter Van Borssum, and Mike Toomey.
Memorials may be sent to the charity of your choice.