Virginia H Thompson

February 22, 1930April 3, 2018
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Virginia Hackney DeBarros Thompson February 22, 1930 - April 3, 2018

Virginia Hackney Theresa DeBarros Thompson of Canterbury, CT went to be with the Lord peacefully on Tuesday April 3, 2018 at her home.

Virginia, affectionately known as "Gram", was born in Norwich, CT on February 22, 1930 to the late Carrie Randall and Felix DeBarros Sr.

Virginia loved playing bingo, family picnics, and watching Judge Judy and Jerry Springer. She was also a proud Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation Elder.

Virginia attended the Norwich Public Schools and worked at Worman's Shoes and the Norwich Iron and Metal Company. On February 19, 1949 she married Charles Thompson who predeceased her. Her beloved daughter, Anita D. Manns, her sisters Clara DeBarros Jenkins Amado, Mary Braxton, and Gladys DeBarros, and her brothers Fredrick DeBarros, and Joseph DeBarros, also predeceased her.

Virginia made her home with her granddaughter in Canterbury, CT Virginia's three grandchildren Todd Thompson, Gina Sherman and Michele Tillman were the light of her life, as well as a great granddaughter Marena Dees who helped care for her while Gina was at work.

Virginia leaves to cherish her memory a brother, Felix DeBarros Jr. of Taftville, CT and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and numerous family and friends.

A Calling Hour will be held on Tuesday, April 10th from 10am - 11am with Funeral Services at 11am all at Church & Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St., Norwich, CT. Interment will immediately follow at Maplewood Cemetery, 184 Salem Tnpk., Norwich, CT.

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  • Calling Hour Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • Interment Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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Norbert Belliveau

April 10, 2018

As I was sitting in Church and Allen these thoughts came to me and I wanted to share. I hope it’s okay to share them here.

“While this occasion is about gathering to grieve the loss of your loved one, Virginia, my heart is filled with joy that I can be here to support this group of people I have come to consider my extended family.

There is such a long history of connection between us through the marriage of my sister to your brother/uncle/cousin.etc, and I think of my brother-in-law’s family as my own family in many ways. Though we may not see each other often, know that my heart fills with excitement knowing I will get to see you again. And when I am with you I am grateful to know you and to spend time with you. My feelings may not be obvious to you in that moment, but that’s because I am savoring the joy and bliss that I feel while forgetting the importance of sharing it with you in the moment, thereby strengthening its energy. So, I want to share it with you here.

Know that I am deeply sorry for your loss, and that my thoughts and wishes for your sense of peace and well being are with you always. Please remember that you all are part of Virginia’s legacy that she leaves behind as she passes on to another realm. Her spirit lives on in each and every one of you. You have influenced and touched each others’ lives. In ways that aren’t always so obvious on a daily basis. The greatest gift you can give Virginia, yourselves and each other is to continue to live your lives as fully and richly as you can, just as you are, each and every one of you. Virginia would want nothing less for you!

Be Well, my family! “

With much love and respect,
Norbert Belliveau aka Bubba (Chris’s brother)

Sandra Goode-Ferguson

April 7, 2018

To the family of Ginna aka GRAMS I wish to extend my condolences to you.This family has been in my heart for many many years thru my living next door to Ginna and Clara.May they Rip and enjoy your family reunion when you enter the pearly gates of heaven.Love you my friend I have always had the greatest respect for you.Rip.