SILVERDALE, Wash. – Barbara Speirs Stevens, 58, suffered a heart attack and died unexpectedly Nov. 27, 2008, at home. She was the daughter of Garrett D. Speirs Jr. and Margaret (Carlisle) Speirs, and the wife of James Nathaniel Stevens of Silverdale, Wash., formerly of East Boothbay Harbor. Barbara attended Bangor schools, graduated from Newton Country Day School, Newton, Mass.; Villanova University, Pennsylvania; and received a master’s degree in library science from the University of Maine. She was employed for many years by Central Maine Power, Augusta. She came to the Kingston branch of Kitsap Regional Library, Kingston, Wash., in 1999, to serve as branch manager and then moved to the Silverdale (Wash.) branch in 2000, to serve as branch manager thereafter. Barbara loved the outdoors and loved to travel. She was an avid outdoor photographer and painter. A quote from the article written by a friend from the library: “Barbara was a loving and steadfast mentor to her staff, and served her community with purpose, generosity and grace. She was a warm and kind listener, and always put others first. Her staff loved her dearly and will miss her and her easy laughter always.” She was predeceased by her father. She is survived by her loving husband, her mother; her sister, Julia Speirs Brett and her husband, William Brett, of Westwood, Mass.; her brothers, Garrett Speirs III and Stephen Speirs of Bangor; nieces, Moira Brett of Jersey City, N.J., and Sarah Brett of Boston; nephew, William Brett and his wife, Carroll, of New York City; uncles, George Carlisle of Orono, Charles Carlisle of Sorrento, Robinson Speirs and his wife, Elizabeth, of Bangor, and Randolph Robert of Columbus, Ohio; aunt, Pauline Carlisle of Bangor; and many dear cousins. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. It was Barbara’s wish to be buried at North Edgecomb Cemetery, which will take place in the spring. Those who wish to remember Barbara in a special way may make gifts in her memory to Kitsap Regional Library, attention Martha Bayley, 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton, WA 98310. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
BARBARA SPEIRS STEVENS
Posted Dec. 04, 2008, at 7:44 p.m.