Barbara Jean Thompson's journey began with her birth on October 20,1944, to the late Walter and Nora Dean Scott. She was the youngest of 3 girls from this union, with Jacqueline and Wilhemina being her older siblings. Her mother would later give birth to her younger siblings Calvin, Allen and Phillip, all of whom preceded her in death.
Barbara was educated in the Philadelphia School System and she graduated from Dobbins Technical High School in 1962 where she met and later married the late Kenneth Thompson. To their union were born 3 children, Kenneth Darryl, Marlaina Louise and Donna Renee Thompson. She would later meet her lifelong companion of 40 plus years, Jesse Q bridges who also preceded her in death in 2010.
In the mid-seventies, Barbara joined Mount Vernon Baptist church. She served as president of the Pastor's Aide and Willing- Workers committees for several years. We have nothing but fond memories of our time at Mt. Vernon. Back in those days families went to church together and we were a close-knit bunch. You knew everybody and everybody knew you. We would have dinner every Sunday and mom would be in the kitchen every Saturday cleaning chicken. It was a labor of love that she did cheerfully. Back then we had All-Day Church, from Sunday School to afternoon service, that's just what we did. Even in this she was leading by example, making sure her children were exposed to The GOD Of The-Bible and HIS SON, Her LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST. She later joined Parham Chapel where she served as a Trustee, Praise and Worship Leader and Faithful Disciple of CHRIST up until the time of her death after a brief, but acute illness. During her years at Parham Chapel Barbara started a Video Bible Club, as an outreach ministry, where she enlisted and taught the kids in the neighborhood about CHRIST. Heaven will tell the story of all of "The Seeds For CHRIST" she planted in the hearts of those she was blessed to inspire and influence throughout her lifetime.
Barbara made a career for herself working in the supermarket industry as a Cashier and a Customer Service Rep. Many of her coworkers over the years became an extension of her family. After working 30 plus years, she finally was able to retire last year just one day before her 76th birthday where family, friends and coworkers helped her celebrate those two Doubly-Special Occasions.
Our mother had a great personality. To know her, truly was to love her. She was kind- hearted and compassionate. She was down-to-earth with a great sense of humor. She was both practical and wise and she had a "Double-portion of common sense". She was relatable and she always gave sage advice. She was able to easily move in-and-out of a variety of circles and she was just as comfortable in the company of her children's friends as she was with her own peers. She was like-a-mom to so many. She always had a heart for young people and to this day the children under her sphere of influence, who are now grown, still stop by to say, " Hey, Ms.Barbara!" She was well known, loved and respected in her neighborhood. She enjoyed "Porch-Nights" with special neighbors Gwen and Kevin and Angie and Eric, with whom she especially enjoyed a playful rivalry over football. Everybody Knew that the Dallas Cowboys was her team, period. She was a People-Person and she added Light and Life wherever she went.
Barbara's family meant Everything to her and she meant Everything to them. There wasn't anything she wouldn't do for us and she always took care to make sure we were ok. She was "Such A Mom" in the best way possible. She also was an active grandmom who took special care to develop a close relationship with each of her grandchildren. She was affectionately known as "Boop" to the great-grands and it was her joy and delight to play with them and spend special time with them. She loved spending time with her cousins, family members and friends. She was lovingly nominated as "The President", in charge of coordinating all extended family gatherings great and small. Good times, Love and Laughter followed her wherever she went. She dearly loved her Best Friend of 60 plus years, Julie Vann, who was there for all of the highs, lows and everything in-between in this journey called Life. Love is Eternal and the Light of Her Life will forever remain and live in our hearts and a smile will always accompany our remembrance of her.
Barbara leaves to cherish her memory her Son, Darryl and Daughter-In-Love Grace, Daughter Marlaina Thompson- McCrea and Son-In-Love Troy McCrea, and Daughter Donna R Thompson, Son-In-Love Lonnie Jackson, Grandsons Jeron and Jerel, Granddaughter's Jedaira (who preceded her in death), Jessica and Aja. Great-grandchildren Marielle,Kali, Melania, Myla J, Aayden and Kyhree. Sisters Jacqueline Osborne and Wilhelmina Herbert, Nephew's Benjamin and Anthony Osborne, Amin Davis and Gregory Herbert. Nieces Wendy, Keisha and Danielle, Best Friend Julie Vann, Godson's Eddie Vann and Christopher Smith, Bonus-Sister Susan Broomall, Bonus-God-Daughters Kimberly Wharton and Laura Collins, Bonus God-Sons Robert Williams and Kenny Seldon, Bonus-Church-Family's from Mount Vernon Baptist Church and Parham Chapel, Bonus-Work-Family from Acme Supermarkets and a host of Relatives and Friends.!
Service will be held at Resurrection Community Church
Located at 6200 Dicks Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19142
On Thursday, October 21st, 2021
Viewing from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Service starts at 11:00 am
Interment will take place at Fernwood Cemetery
6501 E Baltimore Ave, Lansdowne, PA 19050
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