Barbara Webster Brown,
after a long and wonderful life, has peacefully passed away at the age of 96 at her home at Harvest Hill in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Born in Jamaica Plains, MA on February 14, 1921, Barbara soon moved to Portland, Maine where she would spend her entire youth and early adult life. After graduating from Deering Oaks High School she attended Smith College where she majored in English and met many of her best, lifelong friends. She would return to Smith for reunions every 5 years, with many of those same friends.
Very soon after graduating from college, she met and married Richard William Brown, Jr., who was stationed with the Navy in Portland in 1943. After the war Bill and Barbara would move to Lincoln, then Bucksport, ME, where Bill worked as an engineer in the Bucksport paper mill and Barbara started to raise their two new children, Hilary and Cameron.
It was during this time in 1954 that they would meet new friends who introduced them to what would become a favorite vacation spot on the Penobscot Bay island of Isle au Haut, where Barbara and the family would spend every summer vacation over the next 60 years or so, for the remainder of her life. On the Island, Barbara became involved in the local Church and Lighthouse committees, and was President of the Isle au Haut Historical Society for several years. The Island and the coast of Maine in general became an important part of the fabric of her life, its rugged beauty and the people, she loved it all so much and was always proud to call it home.
In 1956 the family moved to Lunenburg, MA, where Bill worked for the Fitchburg Paper Co. until his death from cancer in 1974. Barbara also volunteered for numerous organizations and committees while in the Fitchburg area and loved the town for its small, rural character, but still quite close to Boston and easily accessible to ski areas in Vermont and New Hampshire during the winter months. After Bill’s passing, Barbara moved back to Falmouth Foreside, Maine, where she still had numerous childhood friends, and took up worldwide traveling for the next chapter of her life. Over the years she would visit many countries including England (her favorite!), Egypt, China, Japan, Thailand, Spain, France, Italy and Turkey, just to name a few. In 2009 she moved for the final time to Harvest Hill Assisted Living in Lebanon, NH to be closer to her family.
Barbara leaves two children, Hilary Miller of Louisville, KY and Cameron Brown and his wife Leslie Baker-Brown of Norwich, VT, and five grandchildren, Heather, Lindsay and Katie (from Hilary), and Robert and Andrew (from Cam and Leslie), as well as six total great-grandchildren, all of whom she adored and loved to spend time with. She was an amazing mother, grandma and friend, and we will all miss her very much!
In her memory and in lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends and loved ones consider any donation possible to the Congregational Church of Isle au Haut, c/o Lisa Turner, The Island Church Fund, Isle au Haut, ME 04645.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hanover, NH.
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