Sunday, October 14, 2012

Barbara Ann (Carr) Allen, 1935 - 2012

Barbara Ann Carr married my mother's brother in 1954 and became part of the Allen family (my maternal line).  She had a family tree of her own that included many colonial Essex County families, including Nichols, Haskell, Larcom, Woodbury, Standley, Trask, Jeffery, Patch, and many others.  My mother wore Barbara's wedding gown at her own wedding, and Barbara was a bridesmaid.  Unfortunately, Auntie Barbara passed away while we were on vacation two weeks ago. She will be missed, and we have many fond memories of her.

Auntie Barbara and Uncle Budding
on their wedding day, 1954

My mother's wedding, Barbara is on the far right, 1958

Barbara and Buddy at their 50th wedding anniversary party

from the Salem News, Salem, Massachusetts, Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Wenham — Barbara A. (Carr) Allen, 77, of Wenham, passed away early Sunday morning, September 23, 2012, at Ledgewood Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center in Beverly.

She was the beloved wife of Joseph G. Allen.

She was born May 11, 1935, in Beverly to the late Elton and Ruth (Stanley) Carr. Barbara attended Beverly High School. She lived in Hamilton for over 40 years before moving to Wenham.

Barbara was employed for over ten years in food service in the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District. After retiring she became involved in many of the Wenham housing activities and was a member of the Enon Village Tenant Association Board for a few years.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchild. She loved reading, crossword puzzles and the Red Sox. Her favorite pastimes were having lunch with her children and her friends and attending the musicals at the North Shore Music Theatre.

In addition to her husband, Joseph, she is survived by her loving children, a son Joseph A. and his wife Bethany Allen of Hamilton; two daughters, Judith and her husband Daniel Ellison of Hamilton and Deborah and her husband Gary Noyes of Wenham; and her brother, Arthur and his wife Martha Carr of Wenham. She also leaves seven grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: A Memorial Service will be offered on Saturday, September 29, at 9 a.m. at the Church of St. Paul, Hamilton. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be to "Susan G. Komen for the Cure" at For information, directions or to send condolences, please visit

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

1 comment:

  1. In her wedding photo, Barbara looks like such a good-humored person, besides being a lovely bride. Uncle Budding looks as if he has a sense of humor, also. Her life sounds happy. I am very sorry for your loss. I had a favorite aunt also, and I was not in town when she died. Perhaps you have written this obituary, and that is your tribute.