Roberta (Bobbi) Lynn Thompson


Late in the evening on June 25, 2012, Roberta (Bobbi) Lynn Thompson passed away quietly in her home surrounded by family after being diagnosed with liver cancer in late May.

Bobbi was born in Tacoma, Washington, on May 4, 1942, to Roy Franklin and Rena May Thompson. She was the sister to Susan and Carole. She is survived by her daughter, Rena; sons, Charles and Andrew; grandsons, Jared and Miles; as well as sister, Carole Dagia.

Bobbi was a talented artist and interior designer. She became interested in drawing at an early age while watching her father draw blueprints. Bobbi graduated from Weatherwax High School in Aberdeen, Wash. and later married Charles Ingram. She put her talents to work designing and decorating their first home. She and Charles had two sons, Charles Jr. and Andrew.

She moved to New York in 1970 and married Ram Pamnani. Together they had a daughter Rena. While living in New York, she attended the New York School of Interior Design, and worked for acclaimed Macmillan Publishing.

A few years after she returned to Washington, she founded the Seattle School of Interior Design. During twelve years of teaching and directing the school, she influenced many lives, and many of her students became lifelong friends. She closed the school and retired from teaching interior design in 1997 but continued to work as an independent designer even while working at Lowes in the kitchen design center.

Throughout her adult life, she was a dedicated mother, always putting her children first, no matter what the sacrifice. She influenced the lives of so many of her clients, friends and family and will be remembered always.