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Marin Independent Journal
May 21, 2002

THOMPSON, Barbara Martin Broussal, 74, of Novato, passed away May 19, 2002. Neptune Society, Novato, 415-898-1868

Barbara Martin Broussal Thompson
Of Novato, 74, passed away on May 19, 2002, after a long and courageous struggle with lung cancer. She is survived by her devoted husband of 26 years, Vernon "Tom" Thompson, her son John Broussal of Tempe, Arizona, and daughters Lauren Broussal Ringler of Richmond, Massachusetts, Jeannie Broussal of Lake Tahoe, and Renee Katches of Colfax. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, her former husband Laurent Broussal of San Francisco, and her children's loving stepmother, Randi Slaughter Broussal. Barbara was born in Wyoming on April 12, 1928, to Homer and Wilma McCreedy Martin, spending her childhood on the Nebraska family farm before moving to Denver, Colorado during the Great Depression. After the death of her father in 1937 in an accident, and her mother's remarriage to Donald Ward, the family moved permanently to Marin County, California, where she graduated from Tamalpais High School. Bobby, as she was known affectionately to family and friends, was at heart a mountain girl, nurturing a love of the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada that lasted a lifetime. A talented amateur artist, many of her watercolors reflected this deep appreciation of beauty in the mountains. In later years her talent turned to photography, revealing a remarkable ability to capture the essence of a child's innocence in her portraits, and the splendor of nature in her landscapes. A woman of diverse interests, she also pursued extensive research in genealogy, sewed expertly, traveled throughout the South Pacific, enjoyed exploring the Northwest with her husband Tom, and was an avid fan of the moose. Her children remember her as a lively and fun-loving mother during their early years, with a knack for reciting old family legends, and singing songs to them accompanied by her ukulele. She nurtured a variety of family pets, enjoyed summer camping trips in her beloved mountains, and even in later years remained forever young at heart. Bobby will be sadly missed by her loving husband and companion Tom, and by her grieving children, who were fortunate to enjoy many years of her love, protection and care. She is pre-deceased by her mother Wilma and her beloved stepfather Don. She will also be missed by her many friends, cousins, aunt and uncle, and by her much loved and special dog, Dakota. There will be a private Memorial Service for family and friends at a later date. Donations may

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