Barbara Newell

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 1:00pm

Barbara Newell (Robertson) of Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts, formerly of Westborough, Massachusetts, died on June 19, 2021.

She was born on June 28, 1919, daughter of Ethel and William Robertson of Milton. Because her father died when she was seven months old, she was brought up by her mother and grandfather. She graduated from Milton High School in 1937 and The Chandler School, Boston, in 1939. Barbara worked as an office administrator until her marriage to Ensign Gordon L. Newell, U.S. Naval Air Corps, on April 4, 1943.

Following the war, they lived in Westborough for 48 years. The Newells loved Westborough and were very active in the community. She led Brownie, Cub Scout and Girl Scout troops, worked on the Board of Health, and was chairperson of the Belles for the 250th Town Anniversary Celebration. She was also chairperson of the United Fund for several years; and, as a member of The Congregational Church, she served as deacon, superintendent of the Sunday School and president of the Hannah Parkman Society, as well as other activities. She was still a member of the church at the time of her death.

The Newells were members of the Westborough Country Club and also a Supper Club that met once a month for over 50 years and published a popular cookbook in 1991. Barbara enjoyed writing poetry for birthdays, Christmas and special occasions, and she wrote a weekly column in the Westborough Chronotype. They enjoyed great friendships, wonderful get-togethers and very unique parties. They referred to it as "the best of times." After her children left home, she worked in real estate for 25 years.

In their retirement years, the Newells felt very fortunate to live at Heatherwood in Yarmouth Port, where they moved in 2003.

Barbara and her husband enjoyed extensive world travel and also spent 17 winters at Marco Island, Florida; and 35 summers at their home at Ocean Point, East Boothbay, Maine. She always felt she had a most fortunate and fun-filled life.

Barbara was predeceased by her husband of 74 years, Gordon, and her sister, Sallie Vigeant, of Foxboro, Massachusetts

She is survived by her son, Peter (Barbara) of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; her daughter, Nancy (Lee) Robbins of New York, New York; and Betsy Newell, wife of Richard Morse, of Barnstable, Massachusetts; in addition to six grandchildren: Kimberly Jetnil, Matthew Robbins, Carrie Newell, Stephanie Kaler, Robin Morse and Richard Morse, III; and seven great-grandchildren.

There will be a private family service in Maine, where her ashes will be scattered in the ocean near her home, "Point of View."