Mary Alma Thomson

Durango resident Mary Alma Thomson died after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at Four Corners Health Care Center. She was 80.

Mrs. Thomson was born to Ted and Ruth Lattin on July 5, 1932, in Pagosa Springs. She grew up there and graduated from Pagosa Springs High School with her future husband, Blaine Thomson, whom she had known since she was 2.

On May 10, 1951, the couple married in Pagosa Springs.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Thomson came from registered pioneer families in Colorado. Lifelong Colorado residents, they had lived in Durango since 1980.

For many years, Mrs. Thomson served as a deputy county clerk in Montezuma, Ouray and in La Plata counties until retiring in 1989.

“Mary had a passion for life,” her family said. “Her greatest loves were faith, family and friends.”

The Thomsons had explored every four-wheel-drive road in the Four Corners, her family said. She loved all sports and especially enjoyed golfing with friends.

“When supporting her grandchildren in their respective activities, all of the grandkids’ teammates wanted to know, ‘Is Grandma going to be here?’” her family said. “Everyone knew when Mary was there, and she left no doubt where she stood and who she was supporting.

Mrs. Thomson was active in First Methodist Church in Durango and enjoyed working in the Methodist Thrift Shop. She also had been active in the First Methodist Church in Cortez and the Presbyterian Church in Ouray.

Mrs. Thomson is survived by her husband of 61 years, Blaine Thomson of Durango; sons Rocky Thomson of Farmington and Ric Thomson of Lakewood; sister, Dean Maddux, of Alamosa; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

A short memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at First United Methodist Church of Durango, 2917 Aspen Drive.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Mercy, 1 Mercado St., Suite 270, Durango, CO 81301.