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Obituary for Ann B Thompson

Ann Borodel Thompson, 93, of Melrose, passed away in her sleep on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. She lived on the family farm, Applewood Farm, all her life and was the 8th generation of her family to do so. Ann was proud of her heritage as a direct descendant of Governor William Bradford who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 and of her Thompson ancestors who arrived and settled in Melrose, CT in 1720. Ann had a great love of horses and owned several over the years. She was an accomplished rider and showed her horses all over New England. She also enjoyed her family, friends, music, knitting and drawing.
Ann was born August 1, 1926. Her parents Abbott Bradford Thompson and Rachael Keeney Thompson and her sisters Sally T. Bissell and Rachael T. de Rham predeceased her. She leaves behind her brother-in-law Sumner F. Bissell and 7 nieces and nephews: Abbott (Kathleen) de Rham, Margaret (Brian Kelly) de Rham, John (Jacqueline Jamsheed) de Rham, Lawrence (Mary) Bissell , Lucinda E. Bissell, Bradford (Julie) Bissell and Sarah B. Palmer, as well as 14 great nieces and nephews, and 1 great-great niece.
A very special thank you goes to Virginia Gromelski , Ann’s caregiver and companion for the past 23 years. Ginny provided Ann with extraordinary around the clock care and unconditional love. Ann was able to live her final years in the comfort of her own home because of Ginny’s devotion and friendship.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 21st, at 11 am at Somers Funeral Home, 354 Main Street, Somers CT. Burial will be private with family in Ellington Cemetery , Ellington CT. If desired, donations may be made to the Melrose Schoolhouse, 242 Melrose Rd, Broad Brook CT 06016 or to Visiting Nurse & Health Services of CT, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, CT 06066. To leave online condolences please visit