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June 17, 1915 – Oct. 6, 2012

Alice Grace Thompson, who owned a greenhouse business for many years, died Saturday in Beechwood Nursing Home, Getzville.

She was 97.

Born Alice Bieber in Buffalo, attended school there. She married Frederick zum Bansen in 1933. In 1947, the couple opened zum Bansen Greenhouse on Wehrle Drive, where she worked as a floral designer.

After her husband’s death, she remarried in 1949 to Wayne Thompson, who owned Shisler’s Greenhouse on Union Road in Williamsville.

Mrs. Thompson worked in the greenhouse while raising her daughter and her new husband’s three sons. The greenhouses were demolished to make way for the old Amherst Senior Citizens Center.

Mrs. Thompson was an avid bowler. She bowled in the Mischler’s Florist bowling league for many years, and her team won the 1961 bowling championship in that league.

She also was an accomplished china painter and a member of the Niagara Frontier China Painters Association for many years.

Two of her pieces are on display at the World Organization of China Painters Museum in Oklahoma City.

A service will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 453 Old Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda.