Rosemary Thompson died January 24 at her residence in Denton. She was 89 and had been in declining health for some time.
She was born Rosemary Barlow in Casey, Illinois, on Aug. 19, 1924, to Daisy and James Barlow. Neither parent graduated from high school, and the Depression years were difficult, but Rosemary decided somehow to go to college, hoping for a better life. Her brother, Allen Barlow, while serving in the Army in World War II, helped pay for her to attend Southern Illinois University. That's where she met Gene Thompson when he returned from his war service.
After graduating, she worked for a short time as a school teacher. But after she married Gene in 1948, they moved to Fort Worth to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, both graduating with master's degrees in religious education. His years in the ministry took them to serve churches in Denton, Waco, Louisville, KY, and to Broadway Baptist in Fort Worth, where they stayed from 1970 until he retired. They moved to Good Samaritan/Lake Forest Village in Denton in 2004. He died later that year.
Rosemary is survived by her daughter Ann Thompson and her partner, Joe Guerrini of Fort Worth; son Phil and his wife, Elizabeth, of Littleton, CO, and their children James and Rebecca; and son Todd and his wife, Elizabeth, of Denton, and their children Alyssa, Nicole and Ryan; and a cousin, Kenneth Brandenburg of Commerce.
The funeral service will take place on Saturday, February 1, at 1 p.m. at Broadway Baptist Church, 305 W. Broadway in Fort Worth. The family will greet friends afterward.
Memorials can be made to the general fund of Broadway Baptist Church, or to Baylor University - Gift Processing, One Bear Place 97050, Waco, TX 76798, designated for the Gene Thompson Endowed Scholarship for Social Work.