CARIBOU – Beatrice Ann Caldwell Thompson, 75, passed from Natural life into Spiritual Life on December 17, 2021 at home in Caribou. She was born in Escondido, California, August 24, 1946 the daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Shaw) Caldwell. She grew up in Portland, and graduated from Portland High School in 1965. As a child, she spent her summers with favorite Aunts, Beatrice St. Cyr and Betty Perkins Gifford. That experience has always brought back happy memories of her cousins, Peggy, Marsha, and Cathy. In adulthood, she became close to Aunt Shirley Shaw.
In 1970, Bea graduated from the University of Maine at Fort Kent which prepared her for forty-one years of teaching in the Caribou School Department. Over that period of time, she taught kindergarten, fourth and first grade. She believed that Caribou had some of the best kids in the world with caring and loving parents. She was so fortunate to work with professional people that gave time, energy, and creativity to such a challenging career. Bea and her husband Roger were also fortunate to be hired by the late Belinda Page to teach for the ACAP Migrant Program in the summers. They were privileged to work with the children and visit the country of Mexico in 1999 as exchange teachers where they shared educational issues first hand and learned about their culture and history. In 1968, she married Roger Thompson in Rumford, whom she met at college. After finishing their studies and graduating, they made their home in Caribou where Roger grew up. In 1972, they welcomed their son, Shannon, to the family. Years passed quickly and life was constantly busy as it is with most families who are building families, careers and church lives. In 1974, Bea made a commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ to follow His direction, to seek His plan for her life and to learn about Jesus. She received a strong foundation in the Caribou United Baptist Church which she attended for over 39 years. There she taught daily vacation bible school, Children’s Sunday School, participated in Easter Cantatas, Living Christmas Tree performances, Mission Circles, and committees. She also did the Madawaska Road Bible Studies with Hazel Olson and neighbors. Recently, she participated in Ministry with her husband and son which has included parts of Maine, Connecticut, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. In the last few years she has regularly attended a country church, Abundant Life Mission, and gained more insight into the word of God, enjoyed the people and grew in the understanding of God’s word. Later she attended Knoxford Praying Band Church in Knoxford, New Brunswick, Canada and Mars Hill Full Gospel Assembly.
Bea was predeceased by her parents; and her father-in-law and mother in-law; Olin and Avis Thompson; her brother-in-law; Olin Thompson, Jr. She is survived by her husband, Roger, of Caribou; their son, Rev. Shannon C. Thompson of Knoxford, New Brunswick, Canada; her brother-in law; Dana Thompson and wife Penny of Caribou; a special niece, Idella Thompson Marquis and husband Aaron of Caribou; special friends, Mariel Thomas Stickles, Peggy Theriault, and Julie Quimby all of Caribou; and many cousins. Friends may visit with the family Tuesday, December 21, 2021 from 6pm until 8pm at the Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir Street, Caribou. Funeral services will be held 11am, Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at Abundant Life Mission, 485 Washburn Road, Caribou. Bea would like to extend a special thank-you to all who prayed for her, sent cards, made meals and sent beautiful flowers. Thank you! Those who wish to contribute in memory of Bea may do so through Gideon Bible International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN, 37214.