HUDSON, N.H., AND DEDHAM/BREWER – Barbara (Ward) Colson, 91, died Sept. 19, 2012, at Courville Nursing Home, Nashua, N.H., after a long illness. She was born Feb. 20, 1921, in Newburgh, daughter of Earl and Iola (Bicknell) Ward, and was a resident of New Hampshire since June 2005.
Barbara was a graduate of Hampden Academy. After high school, she studied and became a licensed beautician, owning Barbara’s Beauty Shop on North Main Street, Brewer, for many years. After closing her shop, Barbara was beautician for several nursing homes in the Bangor/Brewer area, and continued for family and friends until age 80. Barbara was a former member of Old Town/Riverside Grange No. 273 and Penobscot/Pomona Grange No. 8. Barbara will be remembered for her love of needlework for which she won many Maine fairs’ first prize ribbons; playing cards, baking, and love of travel which took her throughout the 50 states, as well as international. She always helped family and friends whenever needed throughout her lifetime, including being a volunteer at the Bangor Veterans Home Alzheimer Unit upon her husband’s death.
She was predeceased by her loving husband of 57 years, Gilbert, in 1998. She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Brenton and Helene Colson of Hudson, N.H., and Denzil and Ann Colson of Brewer; two grandsons, Matthew Colson and wife, Elizabeth, of Wilton, N.H., and Jeremy Colson, presently deployed and proudly serving our nation in the U.S. Marine Corps; and five great-grandchildren, Avery and Mckenna of Wilton, N.H., Bailey, Sophia and Vincent of Phoenix. Barbara is also survived by her two sisters, Eleanor (Ward) Whitcomb and Zelma (Ward) Young and husband, Robert, of Newburgh; sister-in-law, Louise Ward of Winterport; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Brewer Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 55 South Main St., Brewer, where funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, with the Rev, Leslie Chapfield officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Rooms of Brookings-Smith, 55 South Main St., Brewer, after the service. Interment will be at Locust Grove Cemetery, Hampden, after the reception. Those who wish to remember Barbara in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th floor, New York, NY 10001, by check, money order or online. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.