Moira Michelle Thompson, major, USAF Reserve, 51, a native of Tuskegee, and a resident of Yorktown, Va., for 20 years, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2012.
Michelle was a librarian for the Poquoson Public Library and volunteered in several areas for her community through Meals on Wheels and teaching computer classes for the York County Senior Center. She graduated cum laude from Auburn University and served for 11 years attaining the rank of major (reserves) in the U.S. Air Force.
Michelle received numerous awards and decorations to include Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal. Michelle was the first woman to serve on a Minuteman II missile crew. She was selected to represent her unit in an interview on national television by David Hartman. She was also a four-year colon cancer survivor. Michelle was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, sister-in-law and aunt. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and our community and remembered forever as being “larger than life.”
Michelle was preceded in death by her father, retired Lt. Col. William T. McCain Jr., USA.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 24 years, Larry Wayne Thompson; daughter, Caitlin Nicole Thompson; stepson, Larry Wayne Thompson II; mother, Carolyn McCain; brother, Shawn Michael McCain and wife, Jeannie; sister, Kim McCain; niece, Anna McCain; nephew, Daniel McCain; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.
The family will receive friends from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home in Poquoson, Va., and other times at her home. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home by Pastor Scott Curtis. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton, Va., with military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Poquoson Public Library, 500 City Hall, Poquoson, VA 23662, or American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A 102, Newport News, VA 23606.
The family would like to thank Riverside Regional Medical Center staff for their attentiveness and tender care and to Dr. Sinclair McCracken for her loving friendship of Michelle.
Online condolences may be made to www.claytorrollins.com.