The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX


November 30, 2013

Merry Thompson

QUINLAN — The world has lost an amazing mother, protector, hero and friend.

Merry Elizabeth Thompson, originally from Greenville, Texas passed away in her home in Rowlett at the age of 58, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Greenville, Texas on March 2, 1955 to Merry and Lonnie Foster and was the youngest of three children. Throughout her life she embodied the very definition of humility, honesty and love. She was the best of all of us. Her laugh was infectious and her heart was made of gold. She loved us, her children, fiercely and her grandchildren were her world.

For most of our lives she was a single mom with a full time job, going to night school and working towards her college degree. It took ten years, but she never gave up, finally earning her bachelors degree in Business Administration from Amber University. That enabled her to develop her career at L-3 as a Program Manager, overall earning her an award-winning career that spans over 25 years with the company.

We take great pride in her tremendous work ethic and drive.  Her determination was greater than anyone we have ever known. But even though she was incredibly dedicated to her work – it was always to ensure her children were provided for. She has always taken care of us and we have a feeling she always will.  

She is survived by her sister, Wrenda Francis; brother, Charles Foster; daughter, Nicole Fikes; son-in-law, Gary; son, Ben Thompson; daughter-in-law, Jenny; and her two grandchildren Jessica Thompson and Emmy Fikes; not to mention a wealth of close family and friends.

A funeral service will be held at the chapel of Coker-Mathews on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. with a graveside service immediately following at Memoryland Memorial Park.  Dr. John T. Tate will be officiating.  Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers are Stan Francis, Corey Francis, Jeremy Francis, Jessie Francis, David Asbil, and Brad Helton.

In lieu of flowers, it was her wish that donations be made in her honor to the Lung Cancer Alliance.

And to see more of our mother’s beautiful life, visit

Online condolences can be made at and


Text Only
  • Gerald Garfield

    Gerald Lee “Jerry” Garfield, 72, of Mesquite died July 27, 2014, at his residence.

    July 30, 2014

  • Evelyn Wilkinson

    Evelyn Ruth Wilkinson of Rockwall passed from this life to her eternal home in heaven on July 29, 2014, in Dallas.

    July 30, 2014

  • Jules Dufresne Sr.

    July 30, 2014

  • Jaunda Gauntt

    Jaunda Gauntt Hensley, 82, of Lewisville passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014, at her home.

    July 28, 2014

  • Stanley Lynn

    Stanley Lawson Lynn, 57, of Greenville passed away July 27, 2014, at his home in Greenville.

    July 28, 2014

  • Jo Pierson

    Funeral services for Jo Willa Bradley Pierson, 100-year-old Celeste resident, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, at the First Baptist Church of Celeste.

    July 28, 2014

  • John Randolph

    John C. Randolph, 82, of Greenville, died Friday, July 25, 2014, at his residence.

    July 26, 2014

  • Reginald Martin

    Reginald Zan Martin “Reggie,” 81, did it his way. He passed away July 22, 2014, with the help of God, after a stroke suffered on July 6.

    July 25, 2014

  • Michael Matthews

    Michael Ray Matthews was born June 21, 1945, at Los Angeles, Calif., to Cecil Hugh Matthews and Mary Evelyn Sherrell.

    July 24, 2014

  • Reginald Martin

    Reginald Zan Martin “Reggie,” 81, did it his way. He passed away July 22, 2014, with the help of God, after a stroke suffered on July 6.

    July 24, 2014

Featured Ads

Does Dallas head coach Jason Garrett need for the Cowboys to make the playoffs during the 2014 football season to keep his job?

Who knows with Jerry Jones as owner?
     View Results
Must Read

See more photos and purchase prints here.

AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide