OLD TOWN – Barbara E. Stoyell, 66, died peacefully July 24, 2010, at a Bangor hospital after her second courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born June 25, 1944, in Summit, N.J., a daughter of William F. and Ruth E. (Cushing) Brown. Barbara touched many lives through her teaching and coaching, and was a significant influence to the youth of the community. She helped found Penobscot School of Gymnastics and coached gymnastics at the University of Maine. She taught physical education at Bangor High School for many years. Her true love and passion was in swimming and diving. She coached diving at Bangor High School and Old Town High School for more than 25 years. She was voted coach of the year several times and was proud to have several state championship divers under her tutelage. She enjoyed the summers at the family camp at Toddy Pond with many family gatherings, lobster feeds and storytelling. Barbara was also a very gifted artist and enjoyed crafts and painting. She and her husband enjoyed vacationing in Florida every opportunity they could. She had an infectious personality and was loved by all, and considered and treated many of her friends as family. She is survived by sons, Brett Stoyell of Colorado, and Brian Stoyell and his wife, Kelly, of Bradley; grandsons, Garrett and Jeremy of Bradley; her mother, Ruth Brown of New Jersey; two brothers, Bucky Brown and his wife, Claire, of New Jersey, and Bruce Brown of Delaware; and two nieces, Ruth Ann Brown and Lisa Brown of New Jersey. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul, in 2007; and her father, William. Friends and family are welcome to visit 4-6 p.m. Thursday at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town, where a funeral service will be conducted 6 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to CancerCare of Maine, care of Healthcare Charities, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402 or please sponsor someone in a local Relay for Life event. Condolences may be left at www.birminghamfuneralhome.com.
BARBARA E. STOYELL
Posted July 26, 2010, at 7:24 p.m.