Maryanne Elizabeth Thomson

Maryanne Elizabeth Thomson

Tuesday, November 28th, 1961 - Sunday, December 29th, 2019
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Maryanne Elizabeth Thomson, of Sellersville, passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2019, in Grand View Hospital, West Rockhill Township after a battle with cancer. She was 58.

She was the beloved wife of Glenn J. Thomson for 30 years.

Born in Germantown, she was the daughter of the late Charles Robert and Mary (Donnelley) Guest.

Maryanne had been employed in a variety of careers through the years. She worked as a waitress at various restaurants, as a receptionist in different industries, as a customer service representative at a medical supply company, and as a security call dispatcher. She also had an entrepreneurial spirit, which was shown when she started her own gift basket company in the early 2000s.

Maryanne was raised in Lansdale, Pennsylvania and graduated from Lansdale Catholic High School in 1979. She moved to Sellersville in 1995 and resided there throughout the rest of her life.

When her daughter was young, Maryanne had volunteered as a Girl Scout leader and with the PTA. She had many friends through her involvement with the community.

Maryanne also enjoyed traveling, with favorite destinations including Southern California, Aruba, and the Jersey Shore. She enjoyed visiting Saint Joseph’s University and going to basketball games there. Her daughter moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 2015, and she loved visiting her. She loved seeing the Air and Space Museum, the cherry blossoms, and the quaint streets of Old Town Alexandria. More importantly, she was always sure to indulge in chicken and biscuit sandwiches (with a side of biscuits and gravy, of course) from her favorite D.C. area restaurant.

Maryanne was a dog lover, having many dogs over the years. She was passionate about animal rescue and enjoyed spoiling her grand-dog, “Quincy,” very much. She also had a forever faithful companion, “Bella,” by her side since adopting her in 2016.

Maryanne was a compassionate person, a true food lover, a TV aficionado (especially shows such as “NCIS” ), a diehard Eagles fan, a rap music lover, a makeup guru, but also importantly: a warm mother, a loving wife, and a strong spirit that lit up the lives of many. Her sense of humor was known to put those she knew into fits of laughter. She was a fan of Hunter S. Thompson and employed the quote, “when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro” as one of her life’s taglines.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Thomson is survived by her daughter, Ally M. Thomson (Dan), of Washington D.C.; her brother, Joseph Guest, of Torrance, CA; her dog, “Bella”, and her grand-dog, “Quincy.” She also leaves many beloved family members and friends behind.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Guest.

Her memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m., on Friday, January 3, 2020, in the Betty Meier Steeley Funeral Home, 87 North Main Street, Sellersville, PA 18960, where a visitation will be held from 5:30 p.m. until time of service.

Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mrs. Thomson’s name may be made to Last Chance Ranch. Checks can be made out to “Last Chance Ranch” and sent to Last Chance Ranch, 9 Beck Road, Quakertown, PA 18951. There is also an option to donate online: Please indicate that the donation is on her behalf.

A special thank you to Maryanne’s health and care teams at The University of Pennsylvania Hospital (both Philadelphia and Valley Forge campuses), Grand View Health (homecare, hospital, and hospice), and Tri-Valley Primary Care (Western Bucks Office).
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    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 5:30pm - 6:30pm
    Steeley Funeral Home
    87 North Main Street
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  • Service

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 6:30pm
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 6:30pm
    Steeley Funeral Home
    87 North Main Street
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Sam Pocker

Posted at 07:52pm
Maryanne was one of my closest friends. There were years where we spoke for an hour every single day.

Maryanne was also one of the first people (if not the first person) who listened to my radio show and encouraged me to keep going when it seemed like no one else had any clue what I was doing. For about three years she was instrumental in almost every creative decision I made. She was camera shy and didn't want to be in the public eye, but there wasn't anything I made during my time as an economist that she didn't have a say in.

We didn't see each other in person often, maybe less than ten times ever, but I cherish those memories immensely.

I remember riding in the passenger seat of her car (which she gleefully called "The Benz") with the windows open, her Rolling Stones "Forty Licks" CD playing, a contractor bag full of coupons in the back seat, and her cracking jokes in-between puffs of her cigarette.

Maryanne (who many of us affectionately referred to as "MA" which was how she often signed her posts on the internet), was tough, she was real, and she was one of the funniest people I have ever known. Often times I told her that she could have had a great career in comedy.

After dealing with some anxiety about re-entering the workforce, she called me to describe the humiliation she felt handing in a job application to someone not that much older than her daughter. She repeated the recruiter's comments to me and then punctuated them dryly with "Thank you, Amber." I still remember how hard we laughed at this off-the-cuff remark that demonstrated her brilliant timing and comedic mind.

She prayed for me when I was in trouble, and she was tough with me when I was getting in my own way. She left me hundreds of unrepeatable voicemails that would be incomprehensible to anyone outside of her world.

Maryanne was one of my first friends who had a child at home, and through a few years she gave me a lot of insight into how motherhood affected her. There were times when she would be calling me from the Landis parking lot in tears, and I would be halfway around the world in a museum looking at priceless works of art while listening intently and talking her through her day. Likewise there would be times that I was having a breakdown and she would drop everything and do the same for me.

We shared a common bond of a certain type of disdain for people who took themselves too seriously, and yet we both took ourselves (and each other) too seriously.

During a low point in my life she suggested getting a pet, and before I could get into all the obstacles, she had already arranged to adopt a cat for me. He's sitting across from me as I type this.

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't reference something that Maryanne and I said to each other at some point, some inside joke we created, or something that happened to her in her daily life that became a running gag between us. She left an indelible mark on my life, and was integral in helping me move forward during a part of my life where I was completely stuck.

I'm heartbroken by her passing and I will always miss her. She was one of the best friends I have ever had, and probably will ever have. In my head I can hear her genuinely liking these remarks and quickly following them up with a joke. I can't tell you what the joke would have been, I'm not nearly as talented a comic writer as she was. There would be a joke though, that much I'm sure of.

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Posted at 11:11am
Our most heartfelt sympathies are with you Ally. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. - Steve & John
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Hope Marshall

Posted at 10:59pm
Maryanne was such a precious friend--I am so heartbroken. I know you all know how much she loved you! May she rest in peace and rise in glory!!

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