Marguerite A. Thompson

Published 10:09 am Friday, September 5, 2014

Marguerite Arnelle Mondy Thompson was born March 29, 1937, to Pedro Mondy and Hessie Robinson Mondy in New Orleans. Marguerite was the third oldest of six children: Doloras, Irma Jean, Elmer, Ivy Regena, Rhonda and Mitzi. Her father, mother and sisters Doloras, Irma Jean and Ivy Regena preceded her in death.

Marguerite was raised in Bogalusaa until the age of 13, when she moved to Compton, Calif., where she lived with her Uncle Malachi and Aunt Rosalie Mondy.

Marguerite attended and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Los Angeles in 1955. After graduation, she attended a local beauty college and received her beautician license in 1957. She practiced her craft until her retirement in 2013 as owner and operator of Unique Hair Fashion in Compton.

As a child, she was baptized and raised in Mary’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnado. During her years in Los Angeles, she joined Hamilton United Methodist Church, under the leadership of Reverend Doggett.

Marguerite met her future husband, Kenneth Thompson, as a teenager, living across the street from each other on Grape Avenue in Compton. They were married in 1959 until his death in 2007. From this union, Kenneth Thompson Jr. was born in 1962 and Rodney Thompson was born in 1966.

Marguerite started showing off her beautician skills at English Square Hair Salon in Los Angeles. She built a reputation as one of the best hair stylists in Los Angeles. She was blessed by building a clientele that followed her from English Square to her kitchen on Burris Avenue in Compton to her final stop when she opened up Unique Hair Fashion on Compton Boulevard and Burris Avenue in Compton. She was the ultimate “DO IT ALL WOMAN.” She worked from home while raising her two young sons, frying the bacon and some hair too!

Marguerite spent her adult life enjoying her roles of wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters, brother, nieces and nephews, all the great-nieces and -nephews, in-laws and her friends in California and Louisiana.

Marguerite was called home on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

Marguerite leaves to cherish her loving memories her children, Kenneth Thompson Jr. (wife Virginia) and Rodney Thompson (wife Karen); brother, Elmer Mondy (Teri Bennett); sisters, Rhonda Gaillard (husband Andre) and Mitzi Cunningham; her grandchildren, Brittany, Brandeis, Kenny III, Jose Hector, Rodney Jr., La’Toya, La’Rodtiera, La’Porscha and La’Neiasha Thompson; great-grandson Ian Thompson; close friend Leslie Kellum-Addison; and special nieces and nephews, in-laws and a host of cousins and very loyal friends.

The viewing is Friday, Sept. 5, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Cook-Richmond Funeral Home, 638 Columbia St., Bogalusa. Funeral services are Saturday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. in the Cook-Richmond Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Christopher Matthews officiating. Interment will be at Robinson Cemetery in Varnardo.