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West Orange Times & Observer Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 1 week ago

Obituary: Barbara Johnson Tompkins

Ms. Tompkins, 93, died Dec. 24, 2020.
by: Amy Quesinberry Community Editor

Barbara Johnston Tompkins, 93, went to rest in the Arms of Jesus early Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2020, due to Covid.

Barbara was born March 29, 1927, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Ross Johnston and Lillian Johnston. Barbara attended high school, a popular student and Student Council member.  She went to Huntingdon College and the University of Georgia.

In 1955, Barbara married Harley Tompkins in Atlanta, moving with him to Tampa, Florida, where they saw the birth of their first daughter, Amy. They relocated to Orlando where Dinah was born.

In 1962, they built a house on Johns Lake, where Barbara lived until moving into Serenades memory care.

After years as a homemaker, Barbara began her career with Walt Disney World in her 50s. After earning numerous employment awards, Barbara retired from Disney at 75, having served the company for 25 years.

Barbara enjoyed retirement, including travel to the northeastern United States, Alaska and Hawaii. She visited her daughter, Amy, and her husband in China in the late 1990s. She was also briefly on the housing committee of the local Habitat for Humanity.

After years of Oakland Presbyterian membership, Barbara became a devoted part of Cornerstone Community Church in Ocoee, Florida, for over 30 years. She leaves behind many friends who remember her sweet spirit, love of family, enjoyment of cats and collection of sheep.

Barbara leaves behind to cherish her memory, daughter Amy Tompkins (Seifer), her husband Patrick Seifer, granddaughter Abigail Seifer, daughter Dinah Tompkins (Carboneau), her husband Eric Carboneau, all of Winter Garden, Florida; and granddaughter Eleanor Carboneau, Seattle, Washington.

A memorial service to celebrate her life was held Jan. 2, 2020, at Cornerstone Community Church, available for viewing at

In lieu of flowers, donations to Cornerstone are welcome.

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