Lillian Thompson, 84, `Nightlifer' secretary

May 28, 2006

Lillian Thompson, who was known as "Nightlifer Lil" for her work with the Nightlifer weekly entertainment guide, died of respiratory failure Monday at Union Memorial Hospital. The lifelong Baltimore resident was 84.

Educated in Baltimore City schools, Mrs. Thompson grew up in Northeast Baltimore and had been living at the Haven Nursing Home.

She worked at various small businesses, including Gordon Cleaners, Brilliant Cleaners and Wright Optical. In the 1970s she worked for her son, Harvey Thompson, helping him establish his business, Hilltop Hardware, on Reisterstown Road.

"I don't think I would have made it without her," said Mr. Thompson, of Baltimore, recalling that his mother did "whatever she could," including running the cash register and doing the billing.

At the same time, she was a secretary for the Nightlifer, where she worked the phones taking information for advertisements.

Her husband, Arthur Thompson, died in the 1960s, her son said.

Mrs. Thompson could often be spotted enjoying Left Bank Jazz Society concerts Sundays at the Famous on North Charles Street.

She enjoyed eating out, particularly crabs, and going to the movies, particularly action films.

"Anything that had a good story line," said her granddaughter, Tonya Brown.

Services were held at Prince Hall in the Masonic Temple on Friday.

In addition to her son and granddaughter, survivors include two other sons, Wilbert Thompson and Charles Howerton, both of Baltimore; five daughters, Leazer Rogers, Thalia Worrell, Elvira Thompson, Angela Brown and Alzora Bailey, all of Baltimore; 31 other grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two daughters, Cecelia Cornelius and Janice Webb.

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