WESTPORT ISLAND – Barbara M. Cromwell, 78, passed away peacefully Oct. 1, 2008, surrounded by loved ones at Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick. She was born Aug. 4, 1930, in Enfield, the daughter of Sylvan and Mildred (Chase) Applebee. Barbara graduated from Lee Academy and attended Presque Isle Normal School where she studied to be a teacher. While working summers in a hotel in Boothbay Harbor, she met Alfred Cromwell and they married in 1950. In addition to raising her family of six children, Barbara cooked for Bayside Oaks Snack Bar, ran a small nursery school, was a member of Westport Willing Workers and took care of many local children. She always had a special place in her heart for babies. Barbara loved people in general and never lacked for friends. Recently, she enjoyed her Tuesday cribbage games at Wiscasset Senior Center, volunteered to help at Westport Town Office and spent time with her beloved great-grandchildren. Barbara was an avid fan of the Boston Celtics and stayed up late many a night cheering them on. She loved to play Canasta, Scrabble and Yahtzee with her friends, with whom she enjoyed many an evening. She was an excellent cook and one could count on her to always have a little something special on hand. Barbara was predeceased by her parents, her husband; and her brother, Eugene Applebee. She is survived by her children, David and his wife, Rita, Wayne and his wife, Becky, Garry and his longtime companion, Karen Webb, Brenda Bonyun and her husband, Paul, Dana and longtime companion, Peggy Wallace, and Dennis and his wife, Rhonda; grandchildren, Mark Cromwell, Jason Hodgdon, Floyd Bonyun, Nathan Bonyun, Caleb Bonyun, Chrystine Cromwell, Noelle Cromwell, Jennifer Cromwell, Felicia Wallace, Elisha Cromwell and Alden Cromwell; six great-grandchildren; her siblings, Irene Mills and her husband, Sterling, Melburn Applebee and his wife, Jean, Sylvia Lyon and her husband, Ken, Terrance Applebee and his wife, Marie, and Dona Applebee; along with many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be private. Those considering an expression of sympathy are invited to make donations to Westport Island Human Resource Committee, 6 Fowles Point Road, Westport Island, ME 04578. Arrangements are under the care of Funeral Alternatives Group, 500 Route One, Yarmouth, ME 04096.
BARBARA M. CROMWELL