Suzie Thompson – … a person of character

Considering, she gives her time and resources to the Open Air Ministry downtown on Sundays—a project driven by Pastor Joseph Moore and now supported by six area churches to feed, aid and minister to Baton Rouge’s homeless men, women and children. “It’s a population of about 6,000 people, many in flux, with incredible needs.”

Considering, she’s an energetic, enthusiastic participant in any project she takes on. Her attitude is positive, and her charisma draws others in.

Considering, her community involvement began in the Junior League of North Little Rock decades ago, where ultimately she served twice as president. Afterwards, she was employed as the coordinator for Volunteers in Public Schools.

Considering, she returned to college in speech communications at age 37, having dropped out to get married in her early 20s. Later, she returned to school again to obtain her master’s degree in communication arts. “I love to tell people that I graduated in 1986.”

Considering, she’s been married to Graham for 52 years and has three children and six grandchildren. “One of life’s greatest blessings is to see your children grow up to be good citizens.”

Considering, she moved cities quite a bit with her husband who retired from Whitney National Bank and is now a consultant. She always bloomed where she was planted.

Considering, when she moved to Baton Rouge in 1982, she became involved in the local Chi Omega sorority as an adviser. The national Chi Omega organization recruited her for its adviser training team, with which she traveled and instructed other chapters on academics, behavior and character.

Considering, she is very involved in her church, First Presbyterian, and leads a two-year survey course called the Bethel Bible Series with her husband. She also hosts Bible studies in her home and is involved with a weekly Sunday School class.

Considering, she has many passions. Her home is full of artwork by Louisiana artists, something she and Graham love to collect. She’s a dog person with a heart for Golden Retrievers—she recently had to put down two beloved family pets but expects the arrival of another one soon. Although not originally from Louisiana, she and her husband bleed purple and gold. “Our Arkansas friends don’t really appreciate that.”

Considering, at 72, she absolutely has no desire to slow down. She plans to keep serving others as long as she is able. “I consider my grandchildren my mission field. I want them to see me active in the community and the church.”

Editor Ashley Sexton Gordon nominates a person of character from the Baton Rouge Community each month.