Amy Odile Despots (Despault) Thompson, 99, the oldest lifelong resident of Johnson, died Aug. 27, 2019, at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.
She was born in Johnson March 13, 1920, the ninth of 11 children of Valmore and Alphonsine Suppere Despots.
She married William Thompson March 15, 1941. He died in 1982.
Survivors include one sister, Annette Smith of Morrisville. Her other siblings died earlier — brothers Harry, Roger, Jacques, Zoel, Moses, James and Lawrence “Pitt,” and sisters Solange and Simone “Florence.”
Amy started her working career at Johnson Woolen Mills. After raising her children, she worked at the Johnson Elementary School cafeteria for 25 years.
After her retirement, she and her traveling companion, Winona Manning, took many trips. They visited 47 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, visited the Virgin Islands, and traveled in Canada from the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia to Dawson City in the Yukon Territory. In her later years, she took many trips to Florida with her son Phillip to spend the winter.
She was an avid reader and interested in local history, working with the Johnson Historical Society.
Survivors include her three children, Phillip Thompson of Johnson, who has been her caretaker since her eyesight failed, Jane Montgomery of Jacksonville, Fla., where she spent her winters, and Michael Thompson and wife Jane of Morrisville; three grandchildren, Virginia Wheelock and Heath Wheelock of Florida and Holly Thompson of Colchester; and two great-grandchildren, Tanner and Ashdon Wheelock of Florida.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, Sept. 6, at Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Morrisville. Burial was in the Lamoille View Cemetery in Johnson.
Faith Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. To send online condolences: faithfh.net.