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Abbie Thompson

THOMPSON, Abbie Barnes Born 16 April 1924, Scituate, Massachusetts, daughter of William and Vernetta (Jones) Barnes. Died 10 June 2019, Nanaimo, BC with her precious family around her. Abbie served in the US Navy as Seaman First Class Aerographer's Mate (Meteorology and Oceanography expert) during WW2. She studied Anthropology at University of Toronto where she met her husband, Canadian Army veteran Kenneth S Thompson. His career as teacher and principal took their family all over Ontario: Port Burwell, Perth, Toronto, Pickering, Wawa, Galt (Cambridge). In 1986, they crossed Canada to settle first in Sooke, then Victoria, BC; after Ken's death in 2015, Abbie moved to Nanaimo. She was an avid curler and swimmer, a keen birdwatcher, a lifelong genealogist (UEL, DAR, Mayflower), a peerless player of bridge and Scrabble, an active church member, and a magnet for friends. Abbie embodied love. Abbie was predeceased by siblings Priscilla, Louise, Billy, twin Anne, infant son Gregory, grandson Peter, daughter-in-law Susan. She leaves 6 children: Georgianne (Fred) Kennedy, Shirley (Jonathan) Ostroff, Stephen (Cynthia Heldmann); Andrew (Kirsteen Laing), Gregory (Valerie Slavin), Elizabeth (Rob) Wager, 13 grandchildren: Amanda (Wayne Williams) & Sarah (Jamie Near) Kennedy, Julia (Martin) Vaz-Jones, David (Liba) Ostroff, Rachel (Jacob) David, Rebecca (Joshua) Brown, Christopher, Aimee (Dan Wong), Nicholas & Benjamin Thompson, Abigail (Rob) McDougall, Will (Courtlyn Floyd), & Emma Membery, plus honorary grands Mitchell Wager, Cara & Kaileen McCulloch, 26 great grandchildren, including Clara & Gloria Williams, Murray, Lydia & Sam Near, Benjamin & Abigail Vaz-Jones, Brandon Morris, Tyler Thompson, Rowan Membery. The family wishes to extend great thanks to the warm, caring staff of Astoria at Origin Longwood Nanaimo. You made her passing a beautiful time of peace. Celebrate her life with us at Beban Park Social Centre, 2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, 2 pm Tuesday, August 27. Donations in her honour may be made to CNIB (1-800-563-2642) or Parkinson Canada (1-800-565-3000).13339924
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