Barbara Thompson, 70, of Kelley, Iowa passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. A memorial service and burial will be held at a later date.
Barbara June Taylor was born on June 14, 1950 in Mason City, Iowa to Orlin and Eunice (Tostenson) Taylor. Barb met the love of her life, Gary Thompson, while skating at the local skating rink in Ames. The couple were married on June 21, 1968 and from this union, three children were born: Cheryl, Connie and Brian.
Her family describes Barb as a full-of-love type of person that enjoyed shopping, visiting family and birdwatching. Her favorite birds were hummingbirds and orioles; she had special feeders for both. Barb loved the holidays, gift giving, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Barb is survived by her husband of 52 years, Gary Thompson; children, Cheryl Metzger, Connie (Duane) Mathews and Brian (Susan) Thompson; grandchildren, Nick Shuey (Carly), Ben Mathews, Randy Mathews, Raquel Mathews, Ashley (Stephan) Metzger, Jessie Metzger, Alexis Staggs and Sarah Staggs; great-grandchildren, Elijah Shuey, Wesley Schroder, Nova Galvin, Skye Boone and Greyson Mathews; as well as many extended family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Orlin and Eunice; great-granddaughter, Nia How; three brothers and four sisters.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to an organization of your choosing.
Online condolences may be directed to www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com
When I think of Barb I think of her smile and laugh that distinguished her in a crowd. As children are families shared many good times and rough ones but among them we were always loved and grew into wonderful adults. Not sure how that happened as I think back! I know Barb was a good daughter and sister and that helped her become a loving wife, Mother and Grandmother. May god give you strength as you remember all of the loving times she has left in your hearts and the gift of love you were all blessed to be given by her.
Vicki Larson Cordes
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