Dorothy Mattie Thompson, 68

Nurse's assistant

January 01, 2007

Dorothy Mattie Thompson, a retired label inspector and former nurse's assistant, died of a blood clot Dec. 23 at Keswick Multi-Care Center. She was 68 and lived in Baltimore.

Born Dorothy Allen in East Baltimore, she attended private schools in New York City and public schools in Baltimore.

As a nurse's assistant, she worked at Union Memorial Hospital and Long Green Nursing home, and then worked as a label inspector at Lawson Mardon. She retired in 1999.

She married Joseph Thompson in 1956.

She enjoyed cooking and had an extensive DVD and video collection - mysteries and thrillers were her favorites.

At her family's annual picnic, Mrs. Thompson, who was known as "Dottie," ran the hamburger grill. Her other specialties included candied yams, shrimp soup and apple cake.

She cooked in anticipation of people stopping by, said her daughter, Joanne Thompson Kess of Baltimore. "My mother was a very family-oriented person and her door was always open. All of her nieces and nephews confided in her when they couldn't talk to their parents ... so she had a lot of secrets," she said. "We were more like sisters than mother and daughter."

Mrs. Thompson also enjoyed playing pinochle with her family the second Saturday of each month.

Funeral services were held Friday.

In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived by another daughter, Charlene Thompson, two grandsons and one great-grandson, all of Baltimore.

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