Published DateGILFORD — Barbara Janice (Whitney-Clark) Maxner, 81, of 136 Watson Road, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her loved ones on Saturday, March 30, 2013.
Barbara was the widow of Richard B. Maxner who died May 23, 1999. They were married on July 8, 1951.
Barbara was born March 8, 1932 in Springfield, Mass., the daughter of Bert A. Whitney and Clara (Hill) Clark. Barabara was raised by her mother Clara and her step father Horace Clark. She resided in Amherst, NH for 12, moved to Danvers, Mass. where she resided for 13 years before moving to Gilford in 1987.
In 2001, Barbara was reunited with a long time high school friend, Jimmy Stewart, who she enjoyed traveling with until 2008. They would winter in Mexico and summer at Lake Winnipesaukee.
Barbara had many occupations over her lifetime. She worked at Putnam Pantry in Danvers, Mass and went to school at Essex Aggie Cosmetology School in Massachusetts graduating at the top of her class. She was a hairdresser for many years, a Bell Telephone Operator in Massachusetts, a medical clerk at Danvers Hunt Hospital and a Notary Public & Justice of the Peace in New Hampshire.
Barbara was a member of the Gilford Community Church where she was the Head of Diaconate. She volunteered at the Veterans Home in Massachusetts and Hunt Memorial Hospital in Massachusetts. Her other activities and hobbies include being a Sunday school teacher, member of Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, the Samuel Fuller Society and the Red Hat Society.
Survivors include a son, Carl B. Maxner and his wife, Deborah Maxner; two daughters, Karen Golder and Joy Maxner; ten grandchildren, Holly, Joya, Justin, Christopher, Lyndsey, Taylor, Shelby, Jessie, John, and Bradley; ten great grandchildren, Dakota, Destiny, Jade, Sedona, Andrew, Brandon, Teagan, Ross, Chelsea and Lillian; a brother and sister-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Clark; a sister and brother- in- law, Fay and Elmer Voisine, and many nieces and nephews. Barbara leaves many wonderful friends and neighbors too many to list but as she said "They know who they are..." In addition to her husband and her parents, Barbara was predeceased by her friend, Jimmy Stewart.
There will be no calling hours.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 11:00 at the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, N.H. Rev. Michael Graham, Pastor of the Church, will officiate. A reception will follow the service in the Gilford Community Church Hall.
Burial will be in the family lot in Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilford, N.H.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Lupus Foundation of America wwww.lupus.org; The Neuropathy Association www.neuropathy.org; American Cancer Society www.cancer.org.
Wlkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com