ENGLEWOOD, N.J. – Marie Chandler Thompson, of Englewood, died Thursday, April 14. She was 54.
She was born May 27, 1961, to the late Tommie Lee Chandler and Eddie Lee Chandler in Brookville, Miss., where she lived until she was 3. It was during this time she and her family relocated to Englewood before settling in Paterson.
While under the leadership of the late Apostle Arturo Skinner and guidance of her mother, she learned the ways of the Bible and Christian life. While under the leadership of Skinner, she and her family met Minister R.L. Jackson, where he began his ministry in the Chandler family home. She received her elementary school education at Paterson Public School #13 and her high school education at East Side High School in Paterson.
She was employed by Preakness Health Care Center in Wayne as a certified nurse’s assistant for more than 24 years. While at Preakness, she was elected as the ASCME Union President by her co-workers. She was union president for 12 years. In 1985, she met and later married her husband, Leonard Thompson, in 1990.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard Thompson; daughters, Natiah Chandler and Waleska Maldonado; sons, Torrey Chandler, Juan Nelson and Jabari Thompson; grandchildren, Jah'znae, Tyona, Janasia, Kamecca, Kayla Marie, Tyzhane, Xiah, Amiah, Izac, Keily and Jaleya; Goddaughters, Karrizma Boui, Tanika Marie Adams, Tamika Marie Adams and Tonya Sinclair; sisters, Freddie (Ferdinand) Williams, Carol Crenshaw, Sabrina Harrey and Adie Belcher; brothers Willie (Barbara), George Stowers, Otis (Sandra), Eddie, James, Paul (Margaret) Chandler and Arthur Harrison; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was predeceased by her father, Eddie Lee Chandler; mother, Tommie Lee Chandler; Deacon Sidney Beccher; mother-in-law Evelyn Thompson; granddaughter, Marjanae Chandler; brother, Larry Chandler; and niece, Jacqueline Jefferson.
Visiting hours will be from 6-7 p.m. Friday at the Paterson Assembly of God, 385 Park Ave., Paterson. The funeral will follow at 7 p.m. Entombment will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fairlawn Cemetery, 22-21 Maple Ave., Fairlawn.