AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ms. Lucy Marie Thompson, 57, born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico most of her adult life and a recent resident of Augusta, Georgia, where she died on December 11, 2008, as the result of a tragic automobile crash. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at Platt's Funeral Home Chapel, 337 N Belair Rd., Evans, Georgia, with Reverend Doctor Michael L. Davenport officiating. Interment will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The family will receive friends, from 6:30 p.m. until time of services, on Thursday. While living in Albuquerque, Lucy was a long time staff member of the University of New Mexico Hospital as secretary of the pediatric cardiology department, where she coordinated the outreach program throughout New Mexico, coordinated the applications of medical students applying for pediatric residency training, and as chief pediatric residency coordinator. She touched the lives of many pediatric doctors in New Mexico. Lucy also worked for Southwest Medical Associates for many years. In Augusta, Lucy was employed by Medical Computer Billing Services. Lucy loved animals, especially cats. She was active in the New Mexico Zoological Society as a member of the parent committee, membership committee, as well as a board member and past chair of Saturday Night Wild. She was a zoo docent and docent trainer. Lucy was involved with the annual ZooBoo event, including organizing the inaugural event in 1990. She also volunteered at Pete's Playground with the University of New Mexico Hospital, specifically with the animal therapy program. Lucy's love for hot air balloons began in the early 1970's and continued through every International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta until 2007 as well as events in Georgia. She was always ready for a hot air balloon ride and loved being part of the chase crew. Lucy loved life and lived life to the fullest. She had a heart of gold, helped anyone in need, and was the life of any party. She brought so much joy and laughter to everyone's life. Lucy will be terribly missed by her family and her many, many friends. Anything good that Lucy gave to you is yours forever. Lucy was preceded in death by her father, Robert Thompson She is survived by her mother, Alice Thompson; her sisters, Berta Thompson, Judy Fifield (John) and Lorrie Stepetic (Tim); nephew, Jason Fifield; nieces, Jennifer Fifield, Kelly and Jamie Stepetic. Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins who loved her very much survive Lucy. Lucy is also survived by her partner, Daniel Nichols, of Augusta, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Georgia SPCA), 1175 Highway 23, Suite 109, Suwanee, GA 30024 or Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 511 E. John Carpenter Frwy, Irving, TX 75062. Please sign the guestbook and send condolences at: www.plattsfuneralhome.com . Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Avenue, Augusta, GA 30904, 706-733-3636.
The Augusta Chronicle-December 17, 2008