Barbara J. Thompson

Barbara J. Thompson

Barbara passed away Monday, February 13, 2017 at her home in Plainwell.

She was born December 23, 1935 in Plainwell the daughter of Clinton and Blondene (Marsh) Plotts. Barb had been a florist at the Big Top Grocery in Plainwell for many years. In her spare time she enjoyed playing cards, traveling, feeding the squirrels and birds, dancing, working in her flower garden, singing and whistling, following the Tigers and Lions, taking care of her pets and playing softball until her kids encouraged her to stop at age 50. On January 23, 1960 in Otsego she married Ramon Thompson who passed away in 2010.

Surviving are her daughters, Patricia (Bill) Harper, Peggy Thompson, Tammy (Jim) Thompson-Drake, all of Otsego and Joni (Glenn) McNamara of White Pigeon; 8 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren with one on the way; siblings Sandy (Ron) McNees, Terri Plotts and Ron Plotts; several nieces and nephews and special friend, Aunt Jo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Robert; grandson, Billy Harper and siblings, LaRae Houser and Dick Plotts.

Friends may visit with Barb’s family from 6-8 P.M. Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, February 16, 2017 with Celebrant, Molly Wieber officiating.

According to her wishes cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Barb may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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  1. Kathy Plotts says:

    Sending prayers to your family.

  2. Joyce & Bob Bloom says:

    Everyone, please accept out sincere sympathy in the passing of Barb.
    We won’t be able to attend the service in person because we are down in warm Florida, but our hearts will be there with you all.
    She will be missed by all who knew her.

  3. Troy McNees says:

    To a wonderful woman and special aunt. She always made me feel at home whenever I came over. I will miss you and have a place in my heart for you.

  4. Dawn and Morry Edwards says:

    Sending our deepest sympathies to all of Barb’s dear family and friends. She was a very special person and was such a blessing to all who had the joy of knowing her, including me. So many wonderful memories at the house….The giant Christmas trees, your mom helping us sew matching Christmas jumpers (of course I only got to iron), seeing the joy that she found in her lovely gardens, and yes, in the bird and squirrel watching, too. But, the thing that I will remember the most is watching the joy and pride that she took in her family. She loved you all to the moon and back…..What a gift. She will be missed.

  5. Wendy says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Love & prayers to all.

  6. Michele Pulver says:

    There are no words . . .
    I am so sorry for your excruciating loss. Please know you are in my continued thoughts and prayers during this difficult days and weeks ahead.

  7. Mindy McCormick says:

    So sorry to hear of Aunt Barb’s passing. I’ll be thinking of all of you.

  8. Jeannie Wood says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your moms passing she was a great lady,funny, kind, and a great game player I remember playing cards and yatzee with her and Mary Ann we could play for hours. Remember all the good times and memories they will keep you going from here on.You guys are in prayers for you all.

  9. Rose Sharrard says:

    Barb you will be missed. I know we didn’t see each other so much in the last few years but we were still close. Thanks for all the great memories we shared together. May you rest in peace. Heaven just got another angel. My prayers go to all your girls my nieces.

  10. Bob & Joyce Bloom says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all of you.
    She will be missed.

  11. Mary Schuiteboer says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  12. Mike, Diane & Molly Long says:

    Our thoughts & prayers are with the family. Deepest sympathy.

  13. Cindy,Tootie & Gene Whitaker says:

    My parents & I send our condolences to all the family & friends. Keeping all of you in our thoughts & prayers.

  14. Darlene (Flora) Takacs says:

    So very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I’ll never forget how she always made me feel a part of your family when we were neighbors and even after you moved away. My heart goes out to you all.

  15. Myste, Wendy, Shrina & Jeanette Kehoe says:

    Joni, Glenn, Mitchell and Matthew,

    With prayers and love for you, and all your family. May the Good Lord bring you strength and peace at this very sad time.

  16. Bruce and Pat Richlik says:

    Sending prayers to the family

  17. Connie (Elliott) Mondello says:

    Patty Peggy Tammy Joni
    Sorry we can’t make it to the funeral you know how much I love all of you girls and especially my Aunt Barb the great memories of time spent at the house ..the teddy bear

  18. Diane says:

    To my beautiful sister’s, Patti, Peggy, Tammy and Jojo, I am so sorry for this pain u and your family must endure due to the loss of such a wonderful and beautiful mother, grandmother, sister, aunt.
    My 2nd mom many years as a young girl…… Barb u will be missed by many. U are so loved by many. U will hold in my heart always and know many prayers and love will hold your girls up in praises for you while you dance your first and every dance forever with dad, gram , larae and dick and most importantly Jesus.
    Love you momma, love you my sisters….

  19. Nancy Elliott says:

    So sorry for the loss of your mother. I’ll always have the special memories that I shared with her.
    My love & prayers
    Pat Peggy Tammy Joni

  20. Lee and Diane Boysen says:

    Terri and families, Please know that we are thinking about you and are so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Aunt and friend. Sending up prayers for everyone who loved her.

  21. Shelley,Dora and Willard Campbell says:

    Aunt Pat,Peggy,Tammy,and Joni.We are so Sorry for your loss.We are sending alot of love,hugs and prayers for you and your family.We loved your Mom Very Much

  22. Maxine Swinehart says:

    I worked with Sandy at Eberhards n I worked with Tammy at Walmart so I,ve known Barb for many years.
    We will truly miss her

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