Carmela Jean Thompson, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away on October 6, 2023.
Born on March 1, 1958, in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of Dominic Jospeh DeBella and Maxine Barbara Stokes. Moreover, she was the soulmate and beloved wife of Ron Thompson for 46 years.
Carmela dedicated her professional career to serving as an Office Manager for Dr. Protacio A. Reyes for 26 years, and later to Dr. Theodore Wells-Green for 13 years. Her efficiency and nurturing nature brought comfort not only to the doctors she worked with, but also the countless patients who walked through their doors. Her commitment and dedication to her professional career were unparalleled.
While being a devoted wife to Ron, Carmela found solace in her favorite hobbies and interests. Knitting was not just a pastime but a way for her to create beautiful pieces of art that brought joy to others. She was also an avid reader and never missed the debut of a new Sandra Brown novel! Her inner circle was privileged to share in Carmela’s passion of collecting thimbles. Not only did her collection represent places where she has traveled, but the travels of her close friends and family, who would always bring a piece of their travels back to Carmela by way of a thimble.
One of the most notable talents Carmela possessed was her talent for making personalized covered scrapbooks. She made countless scrapbooks for friends, nieces, and their children. The scuttle amongst the family when a pregnancy was announced is “wait until you get one of Aunt Carmela’s scrapbooks.” She left no stone unturned with her attention to detail in capturing every milestone of the first year of life.
Carmela’s love extended far beyond human companionship alone as she had an extraordinary heart for animals in need. Her home was a refuge for all stray animals in the neighborhood who crossed her path. Carmela’s love for animals knew no bounds, and her home was a sanctuary for her furry friends, who found comfort and companionship under her watchful eye.
Carmela will be remembered as a pillar of strength, love, and the heartbeat of her entire family. Carmela leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion that will forever be cherished by her surviving family members: her beloved husband Ron Thompson; her son Stephen Thompson and wife Jaime Thompson, her daughter Jaime Gladhill and husband Ryan; her fur babies, Remy, Rosie, Mork, and Mindy; her grandchildren Victoria Thompson, Peyton Thompson and her fur grandbabies Lincoln and Raymond Gladhill. Carmela is also survived by her siblings, Barbara Feldman and husband Jim, Donna Sagona and husband Bob, Patti Ryan and husband Craig, and brother-in-law Charles Thompson. Additionally, she leaves behind twenty-two nieces and nephews who she adored with all her heart.
Carmela Jean Thompson was an extraordinary woman whose impact reached far beyond the boundaries of her immediate circle. She had a way of putting everyone else and their needs above her own, even during her battle with cancer. Her infectious laughter, genuine kindness, and unwavering love touched the lives of everyone fortunate enough to have known her. Let us remember Carmela in our hearts as we celebrate a life well-lived and honor the profound impact she made on this world. She will forever remain an inspiration to us all.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM, at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick,on Friday, October 27, 2023, where a celebration of life will begin at 7:15 pm for a time of share from friends and family.
Memorial donations may be made to either the American Cancer Society, donate.cancer.org, the Frederick County Humane Society or the Patrick Shifflett Foundation, Patrickshifflettfoundation.org