Barbara Alice Anderson of Worcester and Martha’s Vineyard died peacefully at the Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, on Sunday, July 17.
Barbara was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on September 20, 1918, to John T. Burr and Alice May Wrighton. She was the fourth girl born to her parents. Her sisters included Marguerite, Phyllis, and France, all born in England. Barbara was the only child to be born in America.
She came to manage the family business, Anderson Window Shades, for 45 years until her retirement in 1985. She was a busy and committed member of the congregation of Greendale People’s Church of Worcester, where she was a dedicated member of the choir, the Bell Ringers, Proto 4, a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader, and a piano player for the Grace Notes. Her happiest and proudest moments were playing the church organ for church service.
Barbara gave more than 3,000 hours of her time, volunteering at Worcester Memorial Hospital, later UMass Memorial. She was an usher at Mechanics Hall in Worcester for anything musical.
After her husband died, Barbara found that she could travel, and travel she did, making many trips with friends from her church to England, Europe, and “Down Under,” as she would say, to visit family. There were also trips to visit her son in the Caribbean and trips in the United States. She will be remembered as a kind, giving, and loving woman, and she will be missed by many.
Later in life, after double cataract surgery, Barbara helped tirelessly as other older citizens dealt with their own health issues and surgeries. She left Worcester for Martha’s Vineyard to be with her son. There, she indulged her passion for flower gardens, especially roses, and she loved being by the ocean, tanning and just sitting by or in the water. She also enjoyed occasional sailing excursions with her son, John C. Anderson of West Tisbury, an exuberant yacht racer.
She was predeceased by her husband, H. Clark Anderson, her daughter, Nancy Jean Anderson, and grandchildren, Jennifer and Clark. She was also predeceased by her nephew, Lester “Gus” Walstrom of Worcester, an extraordinary comfort and help to Barbara in the late stages of her life.
She is survived by her son and grandchildren, Christian C. Anderson of Saco, Maine; Morgan C. Anderson of Martha’s Vineyard and Jupiter, Florida; and Samantha Anderson of St. Andrews, Scotland, of all of whom she was extremely proud. She is also survived by a niece and three nephews.
A memorial service took place on July 20, at the Greendale People’s Church in Worcester.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Windemere Nursing Home, Ward 4, P.O. Box 1747, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.