WOMAN'S MEMORY AT SCHOOLYARD TAKES ROOT.Byline: Mary Schubert Daily News Staff Writer
Anna Thompson was known as the Umbrella Lady, for the parasol she used to shield herself from the midday
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To have the charge and direction of; superintend.
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So for Thompson, the tree planted in her memory next to the Pamplico Drive playground couldn't have been a more fitting tribute.
``This tree is dedicated to the memory of Anna Thompson, our `umbrella of love,' '' reads the bronze plaque that will be placed next to the 8-year-old bottle tree that was dedicated Wednesday.
``Mrs. Thompson was particularly concerned about the lack of shade on the playground,'' said Gerald Hugger hug
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1. To clasp or hold closely, especially in the arms, as in affection; embrace.
2. , principal of Foster Elementary. ``She was a little bit sensitive to the sun, so she carried an umbrella when she walked around on the playground.''
Thompson, who died June 30 at 50, had battled brain cancer for several months.
Bill Thompson, a 27-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department This article is about the Los Angeles County Sherriff's Department, not to be confused with the smaller Los Angeles County Police
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) is a local law enforcement agency that serves Los Angeles County, California. , said his wife's fondness for foliage also had a link to her Virginia roots. ``When she (moved) out here, that was the first question she asked me: `Where are all the trees?' '' he said.
On Wednesday, Thompson presented the school with $1,500 donated by his co-workers - members of the department's canine canine
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A person who is trained to give emergency medical treatment or assist medical professionals.
paramedic squad - to help the school buy even more shady trees.
``My wife was kind of a mother hen. She always took up children's causes,'' said Thompson, a sergeant who oversees the department's canine and mounted patrol units. ``That was one of the things she wanted to do before she passed away - get some trees for the kids up there.''
Anna Thompson was a yard supervisor at Foster Elementary for five years, Hugger said.
``She loved kids,'' said Bill Thompson, whose four children range from 16 to 24. ``In fact, she said she would have done the job for free.''
But when she became ill, she had to give up her duties at Foster Elementary as surgeries and radiation treatments to combat the cancer took their toll, her husband said.
``Today is her birthday,'' he noted Friday. ``She would have been 51 today.''
Hugger said the gesture from students and staff to remember Anna Thompson was similar to that of another sad episode in the school's history. ``We also planted some roses when we lost a student,'' the principal said, referring to the October 1992 death of Foster Elementary first-grader Lindsey Ann Waters. The little girl was riding her bike on Highway 126 when she veered into traffic and was hit by a motor home.
The planting of the bottle tree also was timed to coincide with Earth Day, Hugger said.
Foster is only 9 years old, so none of the trees provide much of a canopy of leaves. ``We're a new school, and we don't have very many large trees around here,'' the principal said.
``We were told that (the bottle tree) would do well in that type of soil and it wouldn't need an inordinate amount of water,'' added Diane Trautman, PTA PTA or parent-teacher association: see parent education. president at Foster Elementary. The PTA collected donations from the community, including from the 750 students at Foster, to pay for the tree.
Once the bottle tree reaches maturity a dozen years from now, it will grow to at least 25 feet tall and provide a canopy about 15 feet in diameter, said Neal Fulton, owner of the nursery that sold the tree to the PTA.
Bottle trees are suited to the Santa Clarita Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, Valley's hot, dry summers, Fulton said. They are a drought-tolerant variety that doesn't have a destructive root system, he noted.
Hugger remembered another of Anna Thompson's soft spots. ``The unique thing about her is she always spotted the little loner loner Psychiatry A single young man estranged from society and family, who suffers from psychogenic pain, and tends to live 'on the edge', vacillating between aggression and depression; loners often have unrealistic goals, but are unable to work towards those goals - the kid who wasn't involved,'' the principal said, noting she always encouraged those children to go play with the others.
PHOTO (1--Color) Kids at Foster Elementary School in Saugus plant a tree in honor of Anna Thompson.
(2) Pupils plant a bottle tree in memory of Anna Thompson on Wednesday.
John Lazar/Special to the Daily News