Thompson, Barbara

Written by David Green.

Barbara Ann Thompson of Tulsa, Okla., died May 2, 2012, following a battle with multiple health issues.

Barbara was born in Detroit, Mich., to Stephen and Adelaide Sarnac. She grew up in Fayette, Ohio, where her family owned and operated a manufacturing business.

Barbara attended Nazareth Academy in Nazareth, Mich. Prior to getting married  and starting a family, she headed the family business, traveling the country, and working as the lead sales associate.  After marrying and moving to the Tulsa area, she worked as a secretary for Bishop Kelley High School, Church of Saint Benedict, Christ the King Catholic Parish and the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.  

She lived in the Tulsa area the majority of her adult life and was known as a devout Catholic, with her faith serving as the cornerstone of her life.  

Barbara was a champion and great advocate for those with developmental disabilities. She was passionate about the rights and dignity of care for those that often could not speak for themselves. As their voice, she fought and won numerous battles resulting in many positive changes for those with disabilities.  

Barbara is survived by two daughters, Patricia Ann Bush of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Susan Marie Thompson of Tulsa, Okla.; two granddaughters, Lauren and Reagan Bush; son-in-law, Jeff Bush; two brothers, Michael Sarnac of Richmond, Va., and Peter Sarnac of South Bend, Ind.; and two sisters, Terry Ames of Phoenix, Ariz., and Julie Conklin of Wyoming, Pa. 

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Mary Lou and Jean; and brothers Stephen and Joe.  

A rosary and visitation service is planned at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Fitzgerald Southwood Colonial Chapel, in South Tulsa. A funeral mass will follow at 10 a.m. Monday, May 7, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Tulsa. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, 815 S. Utica Ave., Tulsa, OK 74104.

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