Gale M. Thompson, 88, passed away peacefully at Mid-Michigan Medical Center on June 11, 2021. Gale was born in Bradford Woods, PA on December 20, 1932.
Gale moved to Michigan where she raised her children, Tom, Chris, and Amy. She volunteered at the Midland Center for the Arts and Boy Scouts when the kids were young. Later, she went to school at Delta College and the University of Michigan, where she earned a master’s degree in Native American Anthropology. She was a teacher throughout her life, often volunteering to teach Native American culture and spirituality in many different settings.
After Michigan, Gale lived for years in California and Florida before moving back to Michigan. Gale was gregarious and could talk to anyone for hours on end, including her friends and family around the country. She had many jobs over her lifetime, including several years designing t-shirts based on Native American art while in CA and recruiting people for focus groups in FL by chatting with them on the phone, a job that seemed custom-made for her. She was a free spirit who certainly lived life on her own terms.
Gale is survived by her children, two siblings (Mitch and Kathie), numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren. The family will have a Celebration of Life for Gale later this summer.
Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Thompson family. To share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.