Barbara A. Kerin, 94

Barbara Kerin

Barbara Kerin

MYSTIC, CONN. — Barbara Anderson Kerin, 94, of Stonington, Conn., passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at the Avalon Health Care Center of Stoneridge in Mystic, Conn.

She was born March 9, 1920, in Boston, Mass., the daughter of the late Herbert and Isabelle (Hayes) Breed of Melrose, Mass.

Barbara was married to David Cox Anderson in 1942 in Miami, Fla., and joined him in Key West during his Naval deployment. They moved back to Melrose for 10 years, and later moved to Andover Mass. in 1957. There, Barbara was an active member of both the November Club League and the Andover Garden Club for many years.

In 1975 she met and married Harold “Hop” Kerin of Latimer Point and became a snowbird, spending 25 years on Hutchinson Island in Fla., where she enjoyed her daily two-mile beach walk.

The family summered in Denmark, Maine, on her beloved Moose Pond for over 60 years, opening her home to generations of friends and families. She was an accomplished jazz pianist, an amazing cook and gardener, and a true Red Sox fan, traveling by trolley to Boston with her father to enjoy their box seats at Fenway Park. Barbara lived her life with a great love of nature from cats to chipmunks, owls and loons, diving pelicans and scurrying sandpipers.

Barbara is survived by her daughters, Ainslie Turner of Stonington, Conn., Tina Anderson Reimers of St. Augustine, Fla., and Denmark, and Kendrick Anderson of Mendicino, Calif.; her brother Charles Breed of Carefree, Ariz.; and her dear friend Ron Williams of Stoneridge. She was predeceased by her son Christopher Anderson of Pugwash, Nova Scotia; and second husband. She will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren as “Grandy,” who loved all things purple: Brie George of West Hartford, Conn., Alex Turner of Stonington, Austin Reimers of Maine, and Malcolm Anderson of Calif.; and great-grandchildren, Lucia George, Oliver Turner and Hannah Reimers.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the caring staff at Avalon Health Care Center.

A celebration of her life will be held in Maine at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to: The Moose Pond Association, P.O. Box 674, Bridgton, ME 04009.

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