Barbara B. Perry, 95

Barbara Perry

GORHAM — Barbara Burnell Perry, 95, of Gorham and Homosassa, Fla., passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at the Brooksville Health Care Facility in Brooksville, Fla.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, lovingly called “Nana” or “Tuey.”

She was the daughter of the late Frank and Ethel (Chadbourne) Burnell. Barbara graduated from Bridgton High School in June of 1940, and married Henry B. Perry in September of 1940. They celebrated 58 years of marriage before his passing in 1999.

Barbara held various jobs in her life, including working at Zayre’s and Blanchard’s store in Naples. Most of her life, she was a homemaker and took much joy in being with her children as they grew.

Barbara was undoubtedly the matriarch of her family. She loved it when the grandchildren began arriving, and later the great-grandchildren, and was so delighted that she got to see her great-great-grandchildren. She would marvel on the fact that she lived to see five generations of her family. In the last month, she got to see the youngest great-great-granddaughter, and took her for a ride in a wheelchair.

Barbara lived with her son, Ralph and his wife, Frances, for the past 19 years, only moving to her daughter Sharon’s home in Homosassa last July.

She is survived by her son, Ralph Perry of Gorham; daughters, Donna Steen of Idaho and Sharon Heskett of Florida; nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Abbie Winslow of Fryeburg; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Henry; a daughter, Mary Ethel; and siblings, Louise, Julia, Clara, Lincoln, Irving and Walter.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, May 16, at the Windham Chapel of Dolby Blais & Segee, 434 River Road, Windham, where a funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 17, at 12:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Westbrook.

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In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Animal Refuge League, P.O. Box 336, Westbrook, ME 04098 as Barbara had a real love of animals.

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