Barbara J. (Thurber) Therrien

June 29, 1938 ~ January 25, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Barbara Therrien Obituary

Barbara Joyce (Thurber) Therrien, 85, passed away peacefully on January 25th 2024 with her devoted husband of 65 years, John Therrien at her bedside. Born in North Brookfield, Barbara spent her younger years "spoiled" by her own account as she was the youngest of five and the only girl born to her late parents Calysta (Adams) and Guy Thurber.  She graduated from Warren High School in 1956 and met her husband, the oldest brother of her best friend, upon his return from the Air Force. Married in 1958, they welcomed their first child, Deborah in 1959, followed by Karen (1960) & David (1964). 


Barbara was known and loved in her community; she influenced the lives of so many students during her 30-year career as the secretary at Ware Junior High. 


In her day-to-day life you would find Barbara in the kitchen making one of her many family-famous dishes like magic cookie bars, pumpkin bread, and meatloaf. She spent countless days in the Quabbin walking with John, blueberrying with her children and grandchildren, and enjoying time communing with nature. She loved crossword puzzles, gardening, reading, and bluebirds. 


Barbara had always wanted to see more of the world and traveled often. She and John were frequent visitors of the Bar Harbor area, making time to explore Acadia National Park and stopping for her favorite Lobster Stew at the Jordan Pond House with evenings spent at the quiet cottage on Seal Cove. She also enjoyed traveling with her friends and sisters-in-law, and you could find them shopping and gabbing in many parts of coastal Maine on their annual trips. 


Barbara had an incredible capacity for compassion. She cared deeply for her loved ones and told them often. Her greatest pleasure in life was serving others. She never forgot a birthday or special event, and celebrated every accomplishment or milestone with such joy that her greeting cards were filled with underlined and crossed out words, often rewritten in her handwriting to say what she really wanted. 


Barbara was most proud of her accomplishments as a wife and mother. Her hopes for her children to be kind, honest, fair, and a good friend were many times fulfilled as she continued to instill such values in her grandchildren and their children. 


She is survived by her husband, John Therrien; children, Deb Lizak & DJ Beaulieu, Karen Therrien (of Ware), and David and Heidi Therrien (of Omaha); her grandchildren, Heather Willis, Amanda Therrien, & Brittany Bottger; her great-grandchildren Jenna & Kyra Langlais, and Millie Bottger; and her great-great-grandchildren Gavin, Mia, Bently, Aubrey, & River. She also leaves behind her brother, Donald Thurber and his wife Marie; sisters-in-law Mary Ellen, Theresa, Kate, and Elaine; brothers-in-law Ed and JR; and was preceded in death by her brothers Dee, Roger and wife Doris, Kenneth Thurber, and by her sister-in-law Kathy Mundell.


At the family's request, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 375 Kings Highway North, Suite B, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.

Charbonneau Funeral Home, 30 Pleasant Street, in Ware is assisting her family with arrangements.


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Alzheimer's Association
225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago IL 60601
Web: http://act.alz.org

MSAA (Multiple Sclerosis Association of America)
375 Kings Highway North, Suite B, Cherry Hill NJ 08034
Web: https://engage.mymsaa.org/give/410020/#!/donation/checkout


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