Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on August 6, 2013
THOMPSON, Alice Magruder, 99, of Arlington, Va., died August 2 at Sunrise at
Bluemont Park, where she had resided since 2008.
She was born February 21, 1914 in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Philip Brooke
Magruder and Sarah Alice (Ballard) Magruder. She graduated from McKinley Tech
High School in Washington, D.C. and State Teachers College in Farmville, Va.
Following her marriage to James Loyde Thompson in 1934, she moved to North
Carolina, where she became a pilot, along with her husband, in the Civil Air Patrol. She
was an administrative aide in the Department of the Navy from 1960 to 1976. An active
member of Clarendon United Methodist Church and an active volunteer, she delivered
meals on Wheels until she was 89.
Widowed in 1982, she traveled often within the United States and abroad. Alice was
known for her compassion, her smile and her sweet disposition.
Survivors include her four children, Sally Mook (Dean) of Blacksburg, Va., Ruth Walton
(Howard) of Fairfax, Jim Thompson (Maryellen) of Arlington and Bill Thompson (Betty) of
Richmond; a brother, Philip Magruder Jr. (Connie) of Williamsburg; 10 grandchildren,
Katherine Foster of California, Joe Mook of New York, Julie Dvorak of Tennessee, Art
Mook of Virginia, Jennifer Walton of Oregon, Glenn Walton of Colorado, Nathan Mook of
Virginia, Matt Thompson of Virginia, Trevor Thompson of Virginia and Nora Thompson
of Virginia; five great-grandchildren, Jesse, Lauren, Jake, Dean and Oliver; and a
great-great grandchild, Henry.
She was preceded in 2005 by her long-time companion and travel partner, William
Harmon of Pennsylvania. Her companion of recent years, Col. (USA) James Lash of
Arlington, died in February, 2012.
The family is grateful to her personal aide, Rose Moshy, and her assistant caregivers
and to Sunrise staff, especially Rachel Mukandekezi, Jerusalem Assefa and Angela
Pelham (recently deceased), for their dedicated care and attention to Alice during the
final years of her life.
A memorial service will be held at Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St.,
Arlington, Va., on August 8 at 11 a.m. followed by a reception at the church.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the charity of your choice.