Edith Bruton Ward Thompson, 89, X-Ray tech remembered for her infectious laugh, zest for life

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Edith Bruton Ward Thompson
Edith Bruton Ward Thompson

Edith Bruton Ward Thompson, of Wilmington, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. She was 89.

Born on Sept. 25, 1926, at home in Moore County, she was the daughter of the late Daniel Davis Bruton Sr. and Lydia Alice Brown Bruton.

She was raised in Chadbourn and graduated from Greensboro College with a bachelor’s in biology and later attended Bowman Gray School of Medicine for X-Ray technology. She was employed as an X-Ray technician but most of her life was dedicated to her family, which meant so much to her.

She is remembered for her infectious laugh, kindness to people and her zest for life and the joy in it. She was a prolific golfer and enjoyed her time spent at Sleepy Creek in Dudley where many memories and special times were made.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harry Potter Ward; second husband, William Berry Thompson; and brothers, John McIver Bruton and Daniel Davis Bruton Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Catherine Ward Wahnefried, of Wilmington; grandson, Matthew B. Wahnefried, of Wilmington; granddaughter, Rachel E. Wahnefried, of Illinois; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, at Harbor UMC, 4853 Masonboro Loop Road, Wilmington, NC 28409. Interment will be held at Willowdale Cemetery in Goldsboro at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made, in Edith’s name, to the Building Fund at Harbor UMC, 4853 Masonboro Loop Road, Wilmington, NC 28409 or St. Paul UMC, 204 E. Chestnut St., Goldsboro, NC 27530.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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