Barbara Polleys Parker died on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at her home in Agawam. She was 86 years old.
Barbara was born in Somerville on Nov. 17, 1929. In 1950 she married Robert L. Polleys, and resided in Woburn and then Winchester. It was there where she became very active in Eastern Star Winchester O.E.S. Chapter 175. She became Worthy Matron in 1971-1972, Deputy Grand Marshall in 1972 and Star Point Grand Ruth in 1978.
It was a Polleys tradition to visit Ocean Park, Maine, every summer, renting a cottage on the beach for the month of August. In 1978 she began a new life on Martha’s Vineyard. She enjoyed the beaches almost every day, and stayed active in Eastern Star. She enjoyed fishing the Vineyard and traveling.
She filled some hours working part-time, inserting newspapers at the Vineyard Gazette, working at Priscilla Magnuson’s Antique Store and at the Edgartown town polls during elections. She also worked at Fligors Store in Edgartown, and finished her working career at Edgartown Hardware in 1997.
When she wasn’t working, she loved being social, and was friendly with everyone she met. She went on many excursions, and in 1998 met Charlie Parker, the love of her life. They, like giddy schoolchildren, “eloped” on a cruise. They came back with a marriage certificate originating in Liberia. The following year Barbara invited her children and grandchildren on a cruise where they renewed their vows. Later, Barbara and Charlie went on many more cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean, and Europe, and Barbara received the title “the Cruise Queen.”
Barbara suffered a stroke in 2007 which left her paralyzed on her left side. But that did not deter her from a spunky and determined attitude. She, with help from aides, still continued to go on cruises with Charlie. She always enjoyed visits from family, and frequently went to church activities including potluck dinners and even Halloween parties!
Charlie and Barbara moved to Agawam, near Charlie’s family, for her last few years. Although she didn’t get out too often, many friends and family continued to visit. She enjoyed sitting next to her gas fireplace and talking on the phone. Barbara’s spirit will always shine on!
Barbara is survived by her husband Charlie, her children Susan Polleys of Hampstead, N.H.; Sandra Polleys Bunch and her husband Robert from Hawley, Pa.; Robert L. Polleys and his wife Lorraine from Abington and Jacksonville, Fla., and their children Jennifer and Robert; and Jonathan Polleys and his wife Tina from Edgartown and their children Christian, Jonathan James (J.J.) and Audrey; stepchildren Laura and her husband Ernie Young; and Charles Parker Jr. and his wife Janet and their families. Many other nieces, nephews, and cousins, too many to mention, will miss her.
There was a visitation from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Campgrounds, Oak Bluffs, on Wednesday, May 25. Immediately following was a funeral service at 10:30 am. A graveside service followed at the Westside Cemetery, Robinson Road, Edgartown. Donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to the Island Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1847, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs.