Naomi R. Thompson, 88, waitress, social club founder

April 27, 2006

Naomi Rosa Thompson, a retired waitress, died of an infection Sunday at her West Baltimore home. She was 88.

Born Naomi Gaines in Baltimore and raised on Division Street, she was a 1935 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School.

She became a waitress and worked at downtown hotels, including the old Emerson at Calvert and Baltimore streets. She also assisted at parties in the home of U.S. Rep. Edward A. Garmatz, for whom Baltimore's federal courthouse is named, and later worked for local caterers.

Mrs. Thompson was a founder of a social club, Nous les Filles, composed of friends, many of whom had worked at the Emerson. She also enjoyed cooking and traveling.

FOR THE RECORD - Because of incorrect information provided to The Sun, an obituary in Thursday's editions for Naomi Rosa Thompson included the incorrect maiden name. Her maiden name was Parker.
The Sun regrets the error.

Her husband of 35 years, William E. Thompson Sr., a Baltimore Country Club porter, died in 1970.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Fulton Baptist Church, 1630 W. North Ave., where she was a longtime member and sang in the choir.

Survivors, all of Baltimore, include two sons, William E. Thompson Jr. and Ronald E. Thompson; a daughter, Janet Naomi Smith; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

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