- Mary E. Thompson, 64, of Betty Welch Road, York, died on December 17, 2016, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, MA, following a courageous battle against ALS.
A true Maine native, she was born in Millinockett, Maine, on February 18, 1952, the daughter of the late Ronald and Cora (Bouchard) Goodwin.
Active in the out of doors from an early age, her father taught her a lifetime of lessons about camping, the woods, dogs, and everything good about the outdoors. This lead her to enjoy a lifetime of embracing these skills.
Following graduation from Millinockett High School she continued her education entering and graduating from the Vet Tech program at the Angel Memorial Veterinary Hospital in Boston, MA.
She returned to Maine and married her loving husband of over forty years, Dr. Ross Thompson and together they made their home and are active members of the York Community.
In 1977 they opened York Animal Hospital on "Blueberry Hill" on Route 1 in York where they served clients for nearly ten years, while growing the practice. In 1987 they built the current multi provider practice on Route 1 in York.
Mary's passion for dogs allowed her to offer many training programs through the Fresh Start Training program held at the clinic. She was proud to be an AKC tracking judge, judging competitions throughout New England and beyond. She used her knowledge and understanding to do clinics to help all she could learn the skill of tracking offering these clinics throughout the USA.
She particularly enjoyed time spent each year instructing at "Camp Gone to The Dogs" in Vermont where she worked with new and many return clients. She authored the book "Off to a Good Start" enjoying interviews in print and television as she promoted her book.
Her most recent Irish Water Spaniel "Timber" enjoyed seven titles with her and she helped many folks over the years with her talents.
She is survived by her loving husband Dr. Ross Thompson of York, son Adam Thompson of York, sisters Shirley Donovan and Sarah Goodwin, nieces Karen Oliverio and Trisha Lapolla and nephews John and Ronald Brunette as well as many dear friends. She was predeceased by her step son Andrew.
Funeral services will be celebrated in the spring. Donations may be made in her memory to the ALS Association by visiting alsa.org or by mail at The ALS Association Gift Processing Center, POB 6051, Albert Lea, MN 56007. Care for the Thompson family has been entrusted to the JS Pelkey Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.jspelkeyfuneralhome.com .
Published on  December 29, 2016