Barbara Woodell Thompson

August 02, 1936 - May 03, 2019

Barbara Thompson

Barbara Woodell Thompson,82, peacefully left this Earth for her Heavenly home on Friday, May 3, 2019. A native and lifelong resident of Beaumont, she was born August 2, 1936 to Augusta Forster and Elmer Little Woodell. She retired as a county bookkeeper. Barbara married the love of her life, Bobby, in 1957 and for 61 years led a beautiful life together.

Being with her children and grandchildren meant the world to her. Her grandchildren always knew Granny would be at their activities and life events. You could always find her cheering from the stands at football games, Little League baseball, soccer games, band concerts and much more. She became “Granny” to many through the years. In her later years she was part of an online society and in true Barbara fashion she made lasting friendships.

As her family continued to grow, she fulfilled her role as wife, mother, and Granny to its fullest. Her love for her husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren made her life on Earth the best it could be.

Survivors include her husband, Bobby Thompson; daughter, Karen Butler and her husband, Robin; son, Scott Thompson and his wife, Becky, all of Beaumont; sister, Shirley Coffman and her husband, Stewart, of Pearland; grandchildren, Angela Strahan and her husband, Joe; Eric Butler; Christopher Thompson and his fiancé, Olivia Fowler; and Cody Thompson and his fiancé, Alicia Bright; four great-grandchildren; her nieces, and numerous cousins.

Preceded in death by her parents, Augusta and Elmer Woodell. 

A gathering of Mrs. Thompson’s family and friends will be at 3:00 p.m., with her memorial service at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2019, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 1350 North 23rd Street, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. Her committal will be held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont. 

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 4 Bayou Brandt Drive, Suite B, Beaumont, Texas 77706.


Gathering of Family and Friends
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church The Parlor at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
1350 N. 23rd Street Beaumont, TX 77706
Saturday, May 11, 2019
3:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
1350 North 23rd Street Beaumont, TX 77706
Saturday, May 11, 2019
4:00 p.m.

Comments (2)

  • Heather Morris

    10 May 2019 at 23:35 | #

    I met Barbara about 8 years ago. We quickly became friends . I had the pleasure of seeing her weekly to do her hair . I feel like I know each family member because she always talked about y'all and how much she adored each and everyone of y'all. She was a very important part of my life because she was a great sounding board with much wise advise. I already miss her as we all do. She was so full of life and always had a joke or a soulution. I know she was proud of her family. She had so many friends and I know they were important to her as well. I feel honored to know she was my friend.


  • Melanie Bleuel

    08 May 2019 at 16:01 | #

    My Mom and Barbara have been friends since elementary school. I grew up with the family. Mom and Barbara were like sisters, until they all lost their health and couldn’t, communicate much anymore.. Karen, Scott , my sister and I played together as kids while our parents played cards or dominos. My Mom, Barbara, Karen, Scott and my sister, Kim would run the road with errands with our Moms. We spent birthdays together. My parents traveled with Barbara and Bobby, until they couldn’t anymore. Barbara went on trips with my mother’s family growing up. One memory my mother is particularly fond of with Barbara was when my Dad was drafted to Germany and Mim had to stay behind for a year. Barbara was her standby. Barbara helped my grandparents keep my mother busy because she missed my Dad so much. There’s nothing like old friends. They are gold. My mother is not well now, but still loves Barbara and holds her in her heart forever.


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