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Sophia Thompkins

Sophia Thompkins

Sunday, August 9th, 1931 - Wednesday, December 9th, 2020
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We are Shelly Angelo and Terri Nelson, the daughters of Sophia (Clark) Thompkins, and we are honored to share with you some of the wonderful things about the woman we were blessed to call “Mom”, who left us on December 9, 2020 at the age of 89.

Mom was born in Ashland, Maine on August 9, 1931, to Henry J. Clark and Sadie Cyr Clark, the tenth of 17 children. She was born and raised on a farm, her father owned the general store, and as a child, she would steal candy from behind the counter! She grew up loving Country music and poetry, spending time singing, playing piano and guitar and writing poetry. Her brother Vern was also a music lover and together they entertained the family while on the farm, as well as later in life. Vern’s Café in Hartford was where you’d find them…for many years…singing, laughing, playing piano, and making music for everyone who stepped foot through the door.

At the age of 18, she met the love of her life, our father, Charles L. Thompkins, and they were married on December 23, 1950 and moved to Connecticut in 1965. Mom also graduated from high school in 1950. Our parents were married for 39 wonderful years, when our Dad passed away in 1990. Together, they raised five children in a warm, loving home.

Our Mom was known to many as “Nana”. She was the grandmother to 11 children, the great-grandmother to 17 children and the great-great grandmother to two children. She was loved by all her brothers, sisters and many nieces and nephews, and she loved them right back! Family was everything to Mom, and it brought so much joy spending time with them or talking with them on the phone.

Never losing her zest for life, Mom joined the Windsor Cameo Club in 1995 and spent many years entertaining as part of the club, in addition to on her own. She went on to experience one of the most special moments of her life, which was being crowned Ms. Senior Connecticut in 1999. She adored her tiara and banner, and wore them with pride to special events and gatherings…or even just around town!

Mom took two special trips – Ireland and Jerusalem. While in Ireland, she kissed the Blarney Stone at age 70. Jerusalem was the trip of a lifetime for her, as a faith-filled woman – she went with her childhood friend Father Hazen – while she was there, she felt safe and closer to God then she ever had before.

Mom also enjoyed cooking and baking, and if you were lucky enough, she would stop by your house, or the daycare, senior center, repair shop (you name it!) to share her goodies and a story! Senior centers around the state would look forward to her visits, which came complete with singing and dancing in addition to goodies. Living simply, giving to others and making people smile and sharing happiness were such an important part of her life.

Some of our Mom’s poetry was published, while other poetry was written by hand. We’d like to share with you her last piece of poetry, written on October 15, 2020. We hope you read these words in our Mom’s voice, and keep the with you, always.

You are the best

The best of the rest

I love you still

And always will

Don’t leave me alone

Take me with you

To go home

There’s no place like home

There’s no place like home

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Jeanne Rittlinger

Posted at 10:28am
Sophie was a great lady. I knew her from senior centers, her singing with country band in Manchester, she came to the Village at Buckland Court when I suggested it, and also at the Ellington Senior Center in the band there. Lastly she was in the creative writing group at Ellington senior center with me. I will miss her. Jeanne Rittlinger, Vernon, Ct.

Launa Greenier

Posted at 06:01am
Aunt Sophie, so full of life and fun! Remember her from my growing up years in Mapleton. Still remember her leading us in a dance for the Lions talent show, “ Seventy six trombones” ! Wish I could have seen her in later years but life somehow gets in the way. Prayers to your family and remember the good times. Niece Launa T Greenier

Karon Wright

Posted at 06:30pm
Shelly and Terri you did a wonderful job on the obituary. Written so beautifully. I know your Mom is so proud. I know she's up in heaven with all her siblings (including my Dad) except for one who is still here with us (and lucky and blessed she is here with us) and her parents partying up a storm. You would never catch my aunt Sophia without a song, a smile, and something hot from the oven. I loved your Mom so much! I would talk to her often and kept up with her until she moved to her last home. I love her last poem and she is so right when she said "there is no place like home." I know her home is heaven if filled with all her favorite people (uncle Charlie, Father Hazen etc) and I believe she is smiling down on us still saying "there is no place like home." love and big hug to you all! Karon

Barbara Forte Posted at 06:43pm

So sorry for your loss, your mom was beautiful inside out, worked with Sophie for years at JCP a place she really enjoyed working, saw her in the summer and was entertained by her playing the piano and she was sharing family pictures. Loved Sophie so much and enjoyed taking her to lunch. RIP and I know you are sharing so much with Charles. Deepest condolences. Barbara Forte

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