BATH – Barbara Wilson Beck passed away Aug. 9, 2011, at HillHouse Convalescent Home, Bath. She was born Oct. 11, 1934, in Berlin, N.H., a daughter of Harry M. Wilson, M.D., and Alberta Wight Wilson.
Barbara was raised in Bethel and eventually Bath, where the family resided for many years. She was a 1952 graduate of Morse High School and a 1955 graduate of Lasell College, Auburndale, Mass.
She also attended the University of Maine. On June 29, 1956, she married James W. Beck of Woolwich. They had three children. For many years, Barbara taught school, first in Bath and later in Bucksport and Gardner. A lifelong Episcopalian, Barbara had a generous, loving heart and fun-loving spirit. She was dedicated to her family and friends, and always had a fondness for children, for cooking and baking, for holiday celebrations, for gatherings and for music. She was a corporator of MidCoast Hospital, Brunswick, and former board member of MidCoast Hospital Auxiliary, with which she was active for many years.
She leaves her husband of 55 years, James W. Beck of Bath; her brother, Harry M. Wilson II of Pittston; her daughter, Katherine Beck Whittemore of Harpswell; and two sons, David Wilson Beck of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Daniel Wight Beck of Manchester. She also leaves her grandchildren, Lincoln Beck Erhard of Boston, Caitlin Alberta Erhard of Cambridge, Mass., Timothy J. Whittemore of Anne Arbor, Mich., Samuel E. Whittemore of Rwanda, Africa, Jami Beck Hewes of Spartanburg, S.C., John David Beck of Crestview, Fla., Tyler Steven Beck of Readfield, Brooke Ashley Beck of Readfield, Lyndsay Brooke Cochrane of Chicago, and Matthew, Madeline and Katie Beck of Manchester. She also leaves her nephew, Harry M. Wilson III of Skowhegan; two nieces, Jennifer Ann Wilson and Rebecca Ann Wilson McFarland, both of West Gardner; as well as five great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Grace Episcopal Church, 1100 Washington St., Bath, with the Rev. Michael Ambler officiating. Arrangements are being handled by David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High St., Bath. A reception will be afterward at Tubbs Hall. Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery. Flowers are welcome. Donations may also be made to the Barbara Wilson Beck Memorial Endowment Fund at MidCoast Hospital, Brunswick. To share your thoughts and condolences with Barbara’s family, please visit