SALEM, ORE. — Barbara Webber Thompson, 96, formerly of Rockland, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at St. Charles Redmond Medical Center in Oregon.
Born in Needham, Mass., on Nov. 28, 1915, she was the daughter of Harlan R. and Mattie E. Pearson Webber.
She attended Needham schools and was a graduate of Chandler Secretarial School. She was a charter member of the Colonial William McIntosh Chapter of DAR in Needham.
During World War II she served as a U.S. Navy WAVE, and was assigned as a yeoman to the 12th Naval District in San Diego, Calif.
Following the war, Barbara was employed by General Electric Company in Boston, Mass., where she met Gordon L. Thompson, who was also employed by GE. The couple married in Boston on Sept. 8, 1951. They resided in Topsfield and later Boxford, Mass.
Having summered many years at their Samoset Road, Rockland residence, following Mr. Thompson’s retirement in 1986, they moved permanently to Maine. That same year, they purchased their Waldo Avenue home, where they resided until Mr. Thompson’s death in 2006. In 2011, Mrs. Thompson moved to her daughter’s Oregon home.
With her husband, Barbara was an avid Boston Red Sox fan. Together they attended many games at Fenway Park, several spring trainings in Ft. Meyers, Fla., and various BoSox events. She enjoyed traveling, and was an accomplished homemaker and hostess to many guests. She particularly enjoyed providing neighbors with fresh vegetables and was known for her warm and welcoming ways.
Other than her husband, Barbara was predeceased by her siblings, Roger P. Webber, Donald P. Webber and Eleanor Webber. She is survived by one son, Dr. John A. Thompson of New York City; one daughter, Sarah J. Singleton and her husband, Paul; her granddaughters, Megan E. and Alana M. Singleton, all of Salem, Ore.; a nephew, Richard B. Webber and his wife, Linda, of Stephen City, Va.; nieces, Cynthia Lannin and her husband, Robert, of Norwell, Mass., Nancy Bates and her husband, Warren, of Palm City, Fla., Linda Webber of Wrentham, Mass., and Elaine Hawley and Karen Kozlowski, both of York Beach; and several grand nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28 at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A private family Funeral Mass will be held Friday, June 29 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Rockland. Interment will follow in Coughlin Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, c/o St. Brendon the Navigator Parish, 7 Union St., Camden, ME 04843; or Friends of Rockland Public Library, P.O. Box 764, Rockland, ME 04841.
To share a memory or story with Barbara’s family, please visit her online guest book at www.bchfh.com.