"She was very driven, very active," Sue said. "She loved people and loved to be part of these organizations. She loved the interaction and was not afraid to get involved. She also took a leadership role. She was treasurer of some of these organizations . She was very goal-oriented."
Sue said Crest Hill was a "wonderful place where everyone knew everybody."
"My parents were very involved," Sue said. "There were lots of children and the school was right in the neighborhood so everything was very accessible. There was lots of parental involvement in the schools. "
On the home front, Kay was also driven and organized, Sue said.
"She knew what needed to be done and had a calendar for every day of the week for what needed to be done on a certain day," Sue said. "It sounds old-fashioned: Monday was wash day and Tuesday was ironing day...We were called into action when she needed help but she wanted us to focus on our schoolwork."
In addition to school, Kay and Frank backed any interest Randy or Sue wanted to pursue, such as music lessons, Randy said.
"They always found a way for us to do that," Randy said.
Sue added, "She always said Randy and I were here greatest accomplishments. 'I'm so proud of you kids.' I heard that over and over."
(Above: In this Shaw Media file photo, Kay Thomas greets with friends and family Sunday, Oct. 11, as they greet her during her 100th birthday party at Rosewood Care Center in Joliet. Thompson was one of the founding members of Crest Hill's incorporation in January 1960).