Irene Yates Thompson

Published 7:06 am Thursday, March 31, 2022

Irene Yates Thompson passed away on Monday, March 7, 2022, surrounded by her family at the age of 85.  She was born in Prentiss, on Sept. 6, 1936, to Bob Yates and Lois Boleware Yates.

Irene is survived by her daughters, Tina Thompson Haag and her husband, Eric of Tampa, Florida, and Becky Thompson Mundle and her husband, Tom of Mandeville, Louisiana; grandchildren, Thomas Mundle (Madisyn), Chase Mundle (Brooke), Haley Mundle, Savannah Haag and Caroline Haag; and soon to arrive great grandchild, Avery Claire Mundle. Irene is also survived by her brothers, Larue Yates and Gerald Yates and sisters, Hilda Hesler and Hazel Akers.

Irene is preceded in death by her parents; husband of 43 years, David Meeks Thompson Jr.; siblings, Joe Keith Yates, Doris Yates Stafford and Kenneth Yates.
Irene graduated from Carson High School in Carson, and then went to study Cosmetology in Prentiss. She worked in the cosmetology field for 18 years in Mississippi. After moving to Mobile, Alabama, she changed careers to Full Charge Bookkeeping for the next 25 years until retirement in 2002.

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In 1959 Irene met the love of her life, David Thompson. They married in 1961 going on to have two daughters, Tina and Becky. Later in years they were blessed to gain two sons, Tom Mundle and Eric Haag and often spoke of how their family was now complete.
Irene was a member of United Methodist Church in Carthage. When she moved to Mobile, Alabama, she became a member of Grace United Methodist Church. With her final move to Mandeville, Louisiana, she became a member of St. Timothy Methodist Church.

Irene loved to read, cook, go on walks, decorate and shopping. She was passionate about her faith, her family, being a caretaker for all, and being a MawMaw. Irene (MawMaw) absolutely loved spending time with her grandchildren and was always looking forward to their visits and calls. She was anxiously awaiting the arrival of her first great grandchild, Avery Claire Mundle.

Donations may be made to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, 1203 South Tyler Street, Covington, Louisiana, 70433,
Irene was laid to rest in a small graveside service for close friends and family in attendance at Biloxi National Cemetery in Biloxi, on Monday, March 21, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. Irene will spend eternity next to her loving husband who admirably served in the US Marine Corps.

E. J. Fielding Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements. The family invites you to share thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at E. J. Fielding Funeral Home Guest Book at

“And when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand.”