HARMONY – Barbara (Foss) Herrick, 93, died Jan. 5, 2012, at Hibbard Nursing Home, Dover-Foxcroft, with her family at her side. She was born March 26, 1918, in Guilford, the second of five daughters to Elroy and Alteen Ada (Hatch) Foss.
Barbara attended Harmony schools and graduated from Harmony High School in 1935.
In 1941 she married Howard Gifford, who was killed during World War II. Barbara worked in Dexter as a housekeeper and nanny, and later during the war worked for Reed’s Store, Harmony. In 1946 Barbara married Paul E. Herrick. She worked in the office at Bartlett’s Woolen Mill, Harmony, and sold Avon products out of their home. Later she worked as bookkeeper and office manager for their family owned business, Herrick Brothers Sales and Service, Guilford, until retirement in 1985. Barbara was a member of Morning Star Rebekah Lodge, Harmony, holding all the offices, and was an active volunteer for Harmony Free Fair. She and her husband were instrumental in starting Harmony Historical Society and worked hard measuring the town roads for the 911 system. She was a founding member and secretary of Heart of Gold snowmobile club. She enjoyed playing bingo, cards and practical jokes. Barbara was a person with a positive attitude, never complaining and always looked at the bright side of things. Barbara also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, making ceramics, and she was an accomplished baker and cake decorator. The family camp in Mayfield and snowmobiling were favorite pastimes, as was traveling through the northern part of the U.S. and Canadian provinces on bus trips or with their daughter.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Paul E. Herrick of Harmony; a daughter, Paula (Herrick) Collier and her husband, Timothy, of Gardiner; grandchildren, Katherine A. Evans of Cambridge, Mass., and Matthew D. Evans of Candia, N.H.; three sisters, Louise Ernest of Garland, Ada Cobb of Harmony and Norma Littlefield of Burnham; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Myrtie Farrin.
Friends may call 6-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at Crosby & Neal, 21 Oak St., Guilford, where funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, with spring burial at Sugar Hill Cemetery, Harmony. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Harmony Historical Society, 41 South Merrill Road, Harmony, ME 04942. For an online guest register go to