The passing of Aunt I is another passing of what was a wonderful childhood that she and my Aunt Bette and Uncle Bob and Aunt Sheila and my Mom (Una) all strove to build for all of the Thompson grandchildren. Our holidays and family events were the absolute best - Christmas in Lisbon as little ones, then the Gannons as we got older, summers at Brantingham. Aunt Ilene was kind and giving and loving. She had a fantastic sense of humor and loved to laugh. I remember that when she would arrive at my Grandparents home in Lisbon her trademark was to get out of the car and touch her toe to her hand - very limber that girl! She was the coordinator for my wedding in Lisbon and a gracious host to our guests. The Thompson family is known for their hearts, graciousness and sense of humor - and Aunt Ilene definately held all of those attributes. Rest in peace, Aunt I, and give a hug to Dad, Susan, Aunt Bette, Uncle John and Gramma and Grandpa and Uncle Charlie.
My heart is breaking and I feel so lost without you. To Charlie and family, Una And Bob and Shelia and family my prayers are with you all. She is a great lady and I have to say she was strong and independent with a heart of gold. I am so thankful to have a friend like her. No more pain my lady and your with the love of your life rip.
Una, Charlie, Bob and families:
Words cannot express the sadness I have currently have upon hearing of the passing of my neighbor and dear friend Ilene, this morning. It would have been 22 years next week that we became friends/neighbors. I will never forget her tenacity and sheer sense of independence. Thank you for sharing Ilene with all of us here in Canton. Rest in Peace my dear friend.