TILTON — Barbara Mae (Kinney) Lefebvre, 93, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in Douglas, Massachusetts.
Her husband, William “Bill” Lefebvre, predeceased her on Dec. 15, 1988.
Mrs. Lefebvre graduated from Wayland High School in 1942 and enlisted in the Navy WAVES in 1944, where she rose to the rank of third-class petty officer. She served as a keypunch specialist during World War II, and served again during the Korean War. She remained very active with various veteran affairs throughout her life. She was very proud to be a World War II veteran and was a life member of the VFW Post 1698 of Franklin, and American Legion Post 49 in Northfield.
She worked as a hospital administrator for 19 years at Lakes Regional General Hospital in Laconia, and then continued with Franklin Hospital, retiring in 2004, working well into her 80s.
She is survived by her five children, William H. Nelson and his wife Laura of La Verne, California, Judith M. Cassidy and her husband Eugene of Lady Lake, Florida, James A. Milioto of Douglas, Massachusetts, with whom she lived the past seven years, Joseph A. Milioto and his wife Pamela of Dunbarton, and Lisa A. Greenleaf and her husband Lee of Columbia, Tennessee; eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her only sibling, her brother, William Sanford Kinney Jr.
Born in Boston on June 22, 1924, she was the daughter of William Sanford Sr. and Irene (Perkins) Kinney, and lived in the Greater Boston areas of Cochituate, Wayland, Waltham and Natick, Massachusetts, before relocating to Tilton, and finally settling in Douglas, Massachusetts, where she lived with her son, James.
Barbara was known for her sharp wit and sense of humor. She enjoyed playing solitaire, bingo and completing crossword puzzles. When she wasn’t spending time with her grandchildren, she was a voracious reader.
On Sunday, Feb. 25, from noon to 3 p.m., Barbara’s life will be celebrated by her friends and family at the VFW Post 1698, 26 Peabody Place in Franklin. All are welcome. For those more local to Douglas, Massachusetts, where she resided, a celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sutton Senior Center at 19 Hough Road, Sutton, Massachusetts. A graveside service will be held in Park Cemetery in Tilton later in the spring when she will be laid to rest alongside her cherished husband, Bill Lefebvre.
In lieu of flowers, Barbara asked that memorial donations be made in her memory to Make-A-Wish New Hampshire, Nh.wish.org; or the Special Olympics.
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