Posted September 6, 2007

Barbara A. Combra

Barbara Ann (Blackman) Combra, 77, was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Mrs. Combra died unexpectedly on Sept. 1 in her South Attleboro home with her family.

Born July 1, 1930, in Providence, R.I., she was the only child of Jacob Stanley and Marjorie (Gatchel) Blackman. She resided in South Attleboro following her birth and later moved to Pawtucket, where she graduated from the former Pawtucket High School in 1949. 

Throughout her childhood and teenage years, Barbara summered at her grandmother's cottage in the Oak Bluffs Campground. It was during one of these summers that she met and eventually married Charles L. Combra of Oak Bluffs. The couple was married on December 12, 1953, and shared 53 years together.

Barbara was employed for 30 years at Sadler Brothers in South Attleboro. She held a variety of different positions over the years and retired from the company three years ago.

Barbara loved to cook, and enjoyed trying out new recipes on her family and friends. She also enjoyed gardening, boating, camping, and dining out. She attended Park Place Congregational Church in Pawtucket, where she was active in church affairs. She was a former Sunday school teacher and a member of the church's Women's Union.

In addition to her husband, Charles, she leaves behind a son, Craig, and his wife, Mona, along with two grandchildren, Matthew and Sara Combra, all of Kennebunk, Maine.

Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mrs. Combra's name may be made to the Community Visiting Nurse Agency, 10 Emory Street, Attleboro, MA 02703.

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