Clipped From The Orlando Sentinel
Sonia Thompson, 91, golfer, retired furrier By MARTIN L COMAS OF THE SENTINEL STAFF Sonia A. Thompson loved to play golf, not only because she was quite good at it, even in her later years, but also because it gave her a chance to socialize. "She was very outgoing and very popular. Golf was a way for her to get together with other people," her son, Douglas B. Clark, said. "She was a real dynamo." Thompson, a Winter Springs resident and retired furrier, died Monday of congestive heart failure. She was continued playing golf until she was 88 years old, belonging to several country clubs in the area. With a handicap of 12, she also was a member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Born in Russia, Thompson immigrated to the United States as a young girl with her parents and four siblings. At that time, her father was an attache1 for the Russian government, "and he saw the revolution coming and decided to get out," her son said. The family settled in Albany, N.Y., where Thompson's father bought an apartment complex with a restaurant and a bar, which he also managed. Thompson attended the University of Michigan, where she was a member of the school's tennis team. She later worked for a furrier in Ann Arbor, Mich. In 1942, she married Hurd Clark, and together the couple built a business that became one of the largest fur riers in Michigan. During that time, she also enjoyed training horses in Northville, Mich. The couple divorced in the early 1960s, and she later married Edward Thompson in 1968. The couple moved to Central Florida in 1972 forme warmer climate. He died in 1984. Four times a week, Sonia Thompson enjoyed playing golf at the various country clubs, including Tuskawilla, Rio Pinar and Deer Run. "The younger gals would come to her home and pick her up. She was like a mentor to them," Douglas Clark said. She was Catholic. Survivors also include daughter, Sonia Ann Roberts, Chandler, Ariz.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Arrangements are being handled by Family Funeral Care, Oviedo. Martin L Comas can be reached at meonwsorUndosentineLcom or 407-420-5719.