Mrs. Mary Lorene Thompson, 82, of Marianna passed away Monday, March 10, 2008, in Jackson Hospital. She was born in Okeechobee, to Huey and Florence Bart, and had been a resident of Jackson County for 63 years, moving here from Washington County. Mrs. Thompson was a member of the New Salem Baptist Church. She had a love of growing flowers which inspired her to open her own nursery. She joined her family in the Thompson Cattle Operation and Thompson Nursery.

Mrs. Thompson was preceded in death by her husband, J.R. Thompson; her parents, Huey and Florence Bart; and her brother-in-law, Bruce Thompson.

Survivors include two sons, Ronald Thompson and wife, JoAnn, of Marianna and David Thompson and wife, Barbara, of Kynesville; five grandchildren, Amy Thompson and Mike Thompson of Marianna, Paul Thompson and wife, Kim, of Tallahassee, Scott Thompson and wife, Ashley, of Kynesville, and Nancy Lipford of Kynesville; seven great-grandchildren, Alex Thompson of Tallahassee, Britian Thompson of Bonifay, Grant Thompson, Dakota Lipford and Justin Butler of Kynesville, and Kalie Godwin and Emily Godwin of Tallahassee.

The funeral service will be Wednesday, March 12, at 9:30 a.m., in the Marianna Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Ronnie Wright officiating. Interment will follow in the Alford Cemetery.