Volunteer and Friend of St. Finn Barr Sister Sally Thompson Passes to Eternal Rest

Sister Sally Thompson, SNJM, Sister Sally Thompson (Sister Mary Anselma) was welcomed into the loving arms of God the afternoon of June 2, 2014 surrounded by family members and her sisters in community. Sister Sally was 88 years old and had celebrated 69 years as a vowed member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. While residing just blocks from St. Finn Barr campus, she volunteered daily with students.

In 1990 Sister Sally wrote: 'I came. I loved. I died.' Indeed she came and loved. She came and loved countless children as teacher and/or principal at Saint Monica (Santa Monica), Saint Cecilia (San Francisco), Saint Gerard Majella (Los Angeles), Saint Mary (Los Gatos), Saint Joseph (San Francisco), Saint Anselm (San Anselmo), Saint Ignatius (Sacramento) and Saint Elizabeth (San Francisco). She was co-principal at Saint Monica (San Francisco) for 15 years. She loved being an educator, principal and director of dramatic productions.

She was a sub-mistress of novices, (sisters in formation) for several years; loving those in formation and calling forth the best in each one of them.

She was a treasured member of the large and loving Thompson family. Her love of Marin County was deeply rooted and clearly evident with her frequent trips there to visit family. Sister Sally was raised in San Anselmo and attended Saint Anselm School.

Sister Sally's rapid fire wit, her broad and disarming smile and her joy in life endeared her to many. Her goodness was shown by the statement made so many:'I never heard Sister Sally say an unkind word about anyone.'

Sister Sally is survived by Molly Thompson, wife of Walter (deceased), Jerry Thompson (Erin), Bob Thompson (Nancy), Nancy Giorgi (Roy), Jim Thompson (Barbara), Mary Gaidano (Cary) and 51 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.
Sister Sally's Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. St. Mary Catholic Church, Los Gatos. Her burial will be at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California. There will be a Memorial Mass at Saint Anselm Church, San Anselmo on Saturday, June 14, 2104 at 10:30 a.m.

Gifts in Sister's memory may be made to the Ministry Fund, Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or on-line at www.snjmca.org.
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