Shirley Ann Thompson-Maroney

An angel has earned her wings and flown home. Shirley Ann Thompson-Maroney left us Jan. 27, 2016, from cancer. She was born on March 25, 1946, the child of Dewey Thompson and Louise Jarret Thompson. 

She was born in North Carolina but grew up in post-World War II in Anaconda, the oldest of six. On July 25, 1964, she married the love of her life, Gale Timothy Maroney, in Livingston and they moved to Billings, where GT was a Greyhound bus driver until he passed away. 

Her children grew up eating made-from-scratch meals and wearing things she made with her own two talented hands. She was a feisty, kindhearted woman who never turned down an opportunity to help a friend. Throughout her life, her greatest joy was her children and grandchildren. She once said, “It seems like I have always had a baby on my lap …” 

Surviving her are her daughter Tammie Maroney, grandson Seth (Katie) and three great-granddaughters, Bryan, Rheanna Rose, Sabrina Anna and Isobel Rhoswen; son Timothy Patrick Maroney, grandsons John Austin and Michael Patrick (Amanda) Maroney and great-grandchildren Edward Gale, Kiawna Marie and Briley Timothy; youngest daughter, Traci Ann Hocker, and granddaughter Brynne Galen Hocker; “daughter” Tonja (Lee) Sharpe and granddaughters Brooke and Morgan. She is also survived by her siblings Patricia (Dean) Brandon, Gayle (Herb) Belcher, Marcia (Larry) Noe, Sandy (Bob) Seeley, and James (Judy) Thompson, as well as all her nieces and nephews she adored — Stetson, Donna, Linda, Rhoda, Wendy, Perry, Brian and Erin. 

Her path home was paved by those she lost — the love of her life, Gale Timothy Maroney, her parents, Dewey and Louise, and her nephew Cody John. 

At Shirley’s request, cremation has taken place and a small graveside service is scheduled at Calvary Cemetery in Livingston.