Obituary : Barbara M. Holt
Barbara Marie (Gosson) Holt, the daughter of Robert Clinton Gosson and Mary Agnes (Rosa) Prescott, died unexpectedly October 16 at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital in Boston. She was 71 years old, and resided at Hillside Village in Vineyard Haven.
Barbara was born September 26, 1938 and raised in Fall River. She attended Sacred Heart Parochial Schools, and then graduated from BMC Durfee High School, in 1957.
Barbara worked in the textile industry in Fall River, and later in Tennessee in various capacities in the manufacturing industry. On the Island, she obtained her CNA certificate.
Barbara loved horses and while in Tennessee she very much enjoyed the county lifestyle. She had a farm with a horse and various livestock, including a favorite bull named Tiny. Barbara was a highly proficient Ten Pin bowler in the Southeastern Massachusetts and the surrounding area bowling leagues. She won many individual and team bowling championships, and obtained many awards and trophies.
Barbara eventually moved to Martha's Vineyard in 1993 to be with family. She was very close to her nieces and nephew, Jenna Constance Gosson, Erin Marie Gosson, and Ryan Warren Gosson. Most people, including friends of the children and even many adults, referred to Barbara, as Auntie Barbara.
Barbara loved watching horse racing, especially the Triple Crown, and was thrilled when her favorite football team, the N.Y. Giants, recently won the Super Bowl.
One son, Ronald King from Bellbuckle, Tenn., survives Barbara.
She was very close with the BenDavid side of the family, including Michelle (BenDavid) Gosson, Donald, Jodi, and Florence BenDavid, along with Janine Goode, some of who referred to her as the "Bear."
She is survived by her cherished and loving family: brothers and sisters Betty (Gosson) and Ernest Bartleson of East Strousberg, Penn.; Richard Gosson of Fall River; Robert Gosson of Whitehouse, Ohio,; Judith (Gosson) and Arthur Cabral of Swanton, Oh.; and Warren Gosson of Oak Bluffs. She is also survived by her stepfather Donald Ray Prescott, and Sharon Carter, and brothers Donald Ray Prescott Jr. of Ohio, and Tracy Prescott of Michigan. Other loved and cherished nephew and nieces are Cindy (Cabral) Engel; Cheryl (Engel) Brown; Christine (Cabral) Rieger; and Renee Gosson.
Barbara was pre-deceased by sisters and brother Claire (Gosson) Prado of Rumford, R.I.; Marge Gosson; Kathleen Gosson, and Robert Gosson, all of Fall River. Husbands Jesse Denton King, from Tennessee and Amos Holt from Fall River also predeceased Barbara.
Visit ccgfuneralhome.com for an online guest book. Donations for unexpected financial obligations would be greatly appreciated, and may be sent to: Barbara Holt, c/o Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank, P.O. Box 1069, Edgartown, MA 02539.