Traverse City Record-Eagle


September 28, 2012

Barbara Harper Thompson

TRAVERSE CITY — Barbara H. Thompson, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Sept. 26, 2012, at Munson Hospice House, after a full and active life. Barbara was born on July 7, 1914, in Moline, Ill., to the late Frank and Lucy (Ainsworth) Harper.

Barbara was married to Kenneth E. Thompson, who preceded her in death in 1996.

Barbara had many interests and hobbies. She was active in the Friendly Garden Club, PEO, Arts Council and a supporter of Northwestern Michigan College, Munson Medical Center and the Interlochen Arts Academy.

Duplicate bridge was her passion and she played with friends to the end. She was an avid skier, hiker and tennis player in her younger years. She will be sadly missed by her many friends and family.

She is survived by her daughters, Pamela (Bernard) Stover, of Traverse City, and Carolyn (Graham) Downer, of Rockwood, Ontario, Canada; grandchildren, Kim (Mike) Rosso, of Northville, Eric (Belinda) Downer, of Sydney, Australia,and Barbara (Tim) Beresford, of Orton, Ontario, Canada; and great-grandchildren, Otto and Betty Beresford.

Barbara will be laid to rest at the Garden of Remembrance at the First Congregational Church alongside her husband. The memorial service will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at 4 p.m., in the Garden of Remembrance.

Memorial contributions in memory of Barbara may be directed to Munson Hospice House, 450 Brook Street, Traverse City, MI 49684.

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The family is being served by the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

"Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower." — Hans Christian Andersen

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