Obituary of Margie Thompson (1941 – 2021) – Butte, MT


Margie Thompson, 80

January 4, 1941 – August 17, 2021

Our loving, caring and dedicated mother and wife passed away on August 17, 2021 at the age of 80, following a courageous battle with cancer. Margie was born January 4, 1941 in Fort Benton, MT, to Orville and Edith Morris. Margie had a brother, Donald, who tragically died in an avalanche at the age of 11. She married James “Jim” on April 9, 1966. Margie and Jim had three sons, Scott, Dan and Mark which she took care of with her. heart! She was the rock of the family, the chief activity organizer, a pillar of the community and a shining light that we all had the chance to share.

Margie graduated with honors from Fort Benton High School. She studied business at Billings Business College and then went on to study psychology at the College of Great Falls. She and Jim met on a blind date in Great Falls, MT, and after a brief courtship, got married in Fort Benton, MT.

Margie was a successful entrepreneur, being one of the first female Washington National Insurance Company sales representatives in Great Falls, and she and Jim built a thriving business in Butte. She was instrumental in the implementation of a comprehensive computer program for the Kindergarten to Grade 12 classes in the Butte School District and was very engaged with the youth of the community playing a major role in the creation by Teens in Partnership (TIP), Montana Teen Institute. (MTI) and the Butte YMCA Teen Center. She continually inspired others by acknowledging their accomplishments through personal notes, written daily. Margie believed in the practice of “learning for life”.

Margie kept books and ran multi-faceted business operations. She served as a liaison between companies and independent accountants, and even acted as the head of a company in the absence of a president. Margie was organized and critical assessor for prioritizing project needs and loved helping groups work towards a common goal.

She had radio, television and newspaper experience and was a sociable person. Margie was truly dedicated to growing and improving the community, always striving to help others reach their full potential.

Margie has been involved in many community services throughout her life including Montana Tech Foundation Board of Trustees, Montana Tech Search Committee for Executive Director, Montana Tech Foundation Nominating Committee, Montana Tech’s Search Committee for Chancellor, MSU Presidents Advisory Committee, Butte School District # 1 Citizen’s Advisory Committee, Butte High School Renovation Task Force, Teens in Partnership, Butte Teen Facility for Teenagers , East Junior High Home School Association President, Hillcrest Elementary Home School Association Treasurer, Butte Hockey Moms Organizer and President, Schilling Family Scholarship Committee Chair, Butte YMCA Vice President and Chairman of the Board, Education Committee and Working Group Butte Chamber of Commerce Community, Montana State Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of e Montana Community Foundation, Greenway Steering Committee, Chair of the Neighborhood Watch Block, Florence Crittenden Home Advisory Committee, Rivendell Psychiatric Center Board, Governor Racicot’s Business Council Renaissance Fund, Governor Racicot Task Force on Endowed Philanthropy, Butte Community Concert Member , Rainbow Member of Grand Cross of Colors, Silver Bow Weaver’s Guild Organizer and Charter Member, Chapter X, PEO State Convention Chair, Butte Junior League Educational Committee Chair, Interim Chair, Celebrity Series Chair and Public Relations Chair, the Board of the Butte Silver Bow Community Foundation, was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, a board member of the North West Commission on Colleges and Universities, and was appointed by the Montana Supreme Court to the Commission of Character and Aptitude for the State Bar,

Margie and her husband Jim started the Thompson Distributing City Wide Food Drive in 1989 and the Butte Silver Bow Community Foundation with a matching grant from Anheuser-Busch in 1995.

One of her proudest accomplishments was her 7 years as a member of the Montana Board of Regents, and she retired as chair of that board in 2002 and of the board in 2003. Margie received an award. Honorary Doctorate in Education from the University of Montana in 2003.

The awards that Margie has received in her lifetime include the Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce ‘Golden Apple’ Award, the YMCA Elmer Mester Award, the YMCA Distinguished Service Award, the Chamber’s ‘Harold McGrath’ Award of Butte Silver Bow Trade, the Butte Exchange Club “Book of the Golden Deeds” and the Montana Tech Foundation Distinguished Leadership Award.

Margie is survived by her husband, Jim; his sons, Scott (Mary), Dan and Mark; grandchildren Josh (Jackie); Ryan (Hallie), Ashley (Jason), Siena, Lexa and Tia; great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Gabriella and Harper; nephew, Rick (Brenda); grandnephew, Karson; and in-laws, Bill (Pat) Thompson and Jan Wolters.

Margie is predeceased by her parents, Edith and Orville Morris; Uncle Claude Morris, Brother Donald Morris; Niece, Kelsey Morris and brother-in-law, Roger Wolters.

Visitations will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday August 29, 2021 at the Copper King Hotel in the Ballroom, 4655 Harrison Ave. in Butte. A celebration of Margie’s life will begin at 4 p.m. in the ballroom. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Margie to MSU’s Don Morris Memorial Scholarship Fund, Butte Silver Bow Community Foundation, Butte Emergency Food Bank, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Please visit to offer condolences to the family or to share a memory of Margie. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has had the privilege of caring for Margie and her family.

Posted by The Montana Standard on Aug 22, 2021.

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