Mary Eileen Compton

  • Born: April 26, 1921
  • Died: January 12, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary North

2102 North Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX 78232
Tel. (210) 495-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mary Eileen Compton passed away peacefully on January 12, 2019, in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 97. Mary was most known for her kind, caring nature, her positive energy, and her faith. She never met a stranger, and always had a smile and outreached hand, hug, or word of encouragement for anyone she came to know. The saying "her smile would light up a room" was perfect for Mary.

Mary was born in Douglas, Wyoming on April 26, 1921 after her mother traveled in a covered wagon into town! She graduated from Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming in 1939. In 1943 she met her beloved husband, John Compton, at a military dance in Casper. They spent seventy-one happy years together, had five children, nine grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.

During John and Mary's long and storied military life together, they lived all over the United States, including Hawaii, which held a special place in Mary's heart. Mary also loved to travel with her family and friends. She explored all the corners of the world, including Europe, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, and Australia. She used to say that because of her extensive travels, she had technically flown around the world.

After more than 30 years of military life, Mary and John settled in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. In Mission, Texas, Mary became involved in volunteer work with St. Paul's Catholic Church Altar Society, the local P.E.O. chapter, the Mission Baccalaureate committee, and the Mission Garden Club. She was an award winning costume designer for the Texas Citrus Fiesta, earning her the Maurine Duncan Award. She was also honored as First Lady of Mission.

Mary loved her family, her vibrant group of friends, and her home. And she was immensely loved by all who knew her. Her grandchildren would say she's the best grandma in the world, and she proved it time and time again with wonderful summers at "Camp Grandma" and Christmases spent with her.

She is preceded in death by the love of her life, Col. John T. Compton. Survivors include sons, J.R. Compton (Anna), Thomas Compton (Patsy), John Compton (Julie), Dale Compton (Clare); daughter, Mary Ann Mathis (Todd); grandchildren, Christopher, Jennifer, Audra, Olivia, Joyce, Sean, Nathan, Haley, Jackson; and great-grandchildren, Sarah Anne, Chloe, Chaz, Maya, Blaze, Kyle, Cooper, Spencer, Maizy, Roman, and Charlotte.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on
Sunday, January 27 for a Celebration of Life:
(if you have any photos you would like to share, please bring them)
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78232 - (210) 495-8221

10:00 AM