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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Mrs. Barbara R. Thompson, 91, widow of Ernest B. Thompson and a former resident of Simonds Road, Williamstown, died peacefully Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington, Vt. following a brief illness.

Born in North Adams Dec. 21, 1913, she was the daughter of the late James Percey and Lucy (Sanguinet) Rand. She received her education in the North Adams schools and was a graduate of Drury High School. She later attended business school in Springfield, Mass.

Mr. and Mrs. Thompson were married in North Adams May 24, 1941. Mr. Thompson died Feb. 25, 1985.

For many years, Mrs. Thompson was employed at the Williamstown National Bank until the time of her retirement.

She enjoyed gardening, time spent with her grandchildren and following the country music careers of her grandsons, the Thompson Brothers, who are presently on tour in Europe. Mrs. Thompson’s father was the wire inspector in North Adams for many years and she enjoyed recalling the story of how she was the first female to ever ride the fire truck in the city of North Adams.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Priscilla and Joseph Medeiros of Pownal; a son and daughter-in-law, Harold “Butch” and Janet Thompson of Culleoka, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Marjorie Ayer and her husband Glenn of Pownal, Vt., John Davenport of Canandaigua, N.Y., Suzanne Thompson, Andrew H. Thompson and Matthew F. Thompson, all of Nashville, Tenn.; a brother, Robert Rand of Pittsfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Thompson was predeceased by a sister and two brothers, Jean Andrews and Richard and Howard Rand.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m., when the family will be in attendance.

Burial will take place in the family lot in Oak Hill Cemetery, Pownal, in the spring.

Contributions in Mrs. Thompson’s memory may be made to either Elder Services of Northern Berkshire or the Green Mountain Chapter, Alzheimer’s Disease Association, through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 4, 2005
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