Skyline Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home

4101 NW Skyline Blvd., Portland, OR


Barbara Jean Thompson

March 2, 1930December 29, 2019

Barbara was born to Thomas Robert Williams and Ruth Atlanta (Crabtree) Williams in Seattle, Washington on March 2, 1930, and died peacefully in her sleep on December 29, 2019.

Born in Seattle, WA, Barbara spent her early years in Toppenish, WA, later moving to Astoria, OR in 1942. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 1952. While in college, she was a member and president of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, and worked at the Oregon Daily Emerald, where she met her future husband, Donald Thompson. When Don passed away in 2018 they had been married 65 years.

Barbara worked at KXL Radio and the Searcy Advertising Agency before being promoted to Mother with the birth of a daughter and two sons. In the ensuing years, she was the PTA President of Alameda Elementary School, a Campfire and Indian Guides leader, a frequent score keeper at numerous Little League games, and a volunteer with Young Audiences. Barbara was the first female president of The Irvington Club in addition to being an avid tennis and bridge player (including—until six months ago—enjoying a weekly game of bridge with longtime friends).

After her children had left the nest, she and Don purchased a small camper van and adventured cross-country twice, plus a trip to Alaska. They also traveled to many international locations, including Europe and New Zealand. In their later years, she and Don spent many happy winters in Borrego Springs, CA, where they had newfound friends from across the continent.

The couple moved to Portland’s Holladay Park Plaza in 2005, where Barbara was involved with various committees and where they made many lasting friendships.

Surviving Barbara is her sister, Linda Williams of Bend, OR; her three children, Susan Middleton (Robert) of Federal Way, WA; Robert Thompson (Anne) of Scottsdale, AZ; and, Steven Thompson (Julia) of Portland, OR; and, her grandchildren Kelsey Middleton, Robin Ware (Craig), and Brian Thompson.

No services are currently planned. Donations may be made to Holladay Park Plaza in memory of Barbara Thompson, 1600 NE 16th Avenue, Portland OR 97232.


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Kaaren Demorest

January 13, 2020

Thank goodness for Barbara. We met when we were on the Panhellenic Alumna board and she said “you just have to meet my sister. She is a Kappa, too. And, like you, she has just started playing tennis and has access to a tennis court. She lives in Dunthorpe.” Well I lived in Parkrose on the far side of Portland and I thought that wasn’t going to happen. But we did get together, thanks to Barbara, and are best friends to this day.

Jeanne McKichan

January 12, 2020

I have known Barbara Thompson for a long, long time!! Alameda Grade School, Grant High School and times after that~!
I knew her children, especially Steven as well as Bob and their daughter.. who were friends with my son Dick McKichan and Sarah McKichan, my daughter. She and family were so kind and thoughtful when my son Dick was killed at age 22 by a drunk driver. My husband Russ passed away in 2007 and I have been independent since that time. I have lived in "The Springs at Carman Oak, Lake Oswego, Oregon " for the past 3 plus years.. and am in very good health and happy! So thankful for being so at 90 years. I have two daughters living on this side of the river, and they are available if I should need them. (Sarah & Mary) Patty and husband live in Bend and my oldest Susan and her husband live in Carnation, Wn. North of Seattle. I have 10 grandchildren plus Spouses and 7 Greats !! Just want to extend my blessings to Barbara's family and wish them well. Love to all Jeanne

Kristi Davis Gray

January 7, 2020

I remember Barbara working closely with my mom, Pat Davis in campfire girls. What a great leader she was! As a group we did do many fun things thanks to her dedication to all of us. I look back on those grade school years with such fondness. She was loved, appreciated and will be missed. ❤️