July 6, 1922 ~ October 5, 2004
Janice H ''Jan'' Thompson, a 42 year resident of San Pedro passed away on Tuesday, October 5, 2004 in San Pedro. Born in Long Beach, California, July 6, 1922, Jan was 82. She had worked at Todd Shipyards for over 33 years. Later she became a volunteer at Little Company of Mary Hospital and the Los Angeles Police Department. Left to mourn her passing are daughter, Teri Thompson of Redondo Beach; her sons Richard (Linda) Thompson of Redondo Beach and Craig (Tracy) Thompson of Torrance and 5 grandchildren, Deesa, Circe, Shaun, Angela and Kiara; 2 great-grandchildren, Taylor and Ryan. Celebration of her life services will be held Friday, October 15 at 2:00 PM at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd. in Torrance. Reception will follow in Rice's Reception Room. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Care Hospice in memory of Jan.
Jan and I met in Feb.\’93, shortly after I adopted my first Greyhound, and she had adopted her Greyhound Charlie. We were soon joined by another friend, Susan Nims, who had also adopted a Greyhound, Nellie. Every Monday morning, the three of us and our Greyhounds would meet at the Cabrillo Marina to walk our Hounds. After walking, we would sit under a tree and order sodas while our Greyhounds rested on blankets and we talked and enjoyed each others company. We all got to know each other quite well. We shared stories about our Dogs, children and our lives. She left a huge impact on me, with her wisdom, kindness and playfulness. If she erred, it was always on the side of kindness. She even tried to teach me to say “Got Dan\’s hat”, instead of the usual crude cuss. That amused me. She was always a lady. One year she made Susan and me personalized bags for the jacks that she gave us, That was the playfulness that was so much a part of her. I never heard her complain, nor utter an unkind word about anyone. She always made the best of whatever life handed her. She was so very proud of her children and grandchildren, and spoke often of them. If you had a problem Jan was the one to talk to. her advice was sound and of course always kind. She will not be forgotten, and I sometimes think, when I am in a jam, what would Jan do? Farewell, sweet Jan. I will miss you very much.
Teri, Joe and I are so glad we met your mother at a dinner at your house not too long ago. Knowing she is not suffering any longer and is at peace, we are sure, is a consolation to you and your family. Love, Rose and Joe
Jan was a wonderful woman. I knew her for 8 years. She was warm and loving. She raised a beautiful family. She loved her grandchildren, and loved Angela as her own grandchild, even though she wasn\’t biologically related. She will be deeply missed. Rest In Peace, Jan.
With many fond memories of long ago, we are thinking of all of you during this difficult time. John and Ted (nephews of Jan\’s) and wives Kris and Sandy.