Shirley Thompson, 65 Shirley Ann Thompson, 65, died November 11 at Brockville General Hospital. She was born in Brockville August 23, 1939, the youngest daughter of Winston Gifford and his wife, the former Marjorie Howe. She attended school in New Dublin and later Brockville Collegiate Institute in Brockville. She lived as a young girl in the Lyn and New Dublin area and later settled in Brockville where she became a Bell Canada operator in the late 1950s. After a break to have her children, she returned to Bell and retired in 1996. She married Lloyd Oscar Thompson on May 28, 1965 in Brockville. She spent the early years of her marriage raising their three children and helping her husband, who was president of the Thompson Construction Company on Water Street West, until his death in 1971. As her children grew she spent many years as a volunteer at Vanier Public School. She continued to volunteer at Algonquin Public School and Lyn Tincap Public School, where her grandchildren were pupils, until her health would no longer allow her to do so. She identified with Wall Street United Church and was also an active member of the Rebekah Lodge, belonging to both Lyndale No. 313 and Athens No. 277. Her favourite pastime, however, was being with her family and friends, as well as spending time at her cottage on Charleston Lake. She is survived by her children, Marjorie Thompson of Georgetown, Elaine Porter and husband Rob of North Augusta and Joe Thompson and wife Deanna of Brockville, as well as grandchildren Randy, Bradley, Alex and Erika. Also surviving are her sisters Ethel McGill and husband Ron of Edmonton, Alta., and Marie Carswell and husband Cliff of Charleston Lake, and her brother Bill Gifford and wife Frances of Brockville, as well as a sister-in-law Madaline Laughren of Carleton Place and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her parents and sister-in-law Noreen Gifford. Friends called at the Barclay Funeral Home, Brockville, on November 12 and the Rebekahs held a memorial service. The funeral was held in the Barclay Chapel on November 13, with Rev. Dr. Alan Bennett of Wall Street United Church officiating. Burial followed at Oakland Cemetery. The pallbearers were Billy Gifford Jr., Bill Carswell, Tim Gifford, Geoff Gifford, Larry Moran and Brent Herbison. Memorial donations were made to the Canadian Diabetes Association and the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind). Published in Section b, page 8 in the Saturday, December 18, 2004 edition of the Brockville Recorder & Times. Posted 10:07:52 AM Saturday, December 18, 2004.