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Barbara Mae (Kinney) Lefebvre, 93, passed away peacefully at her home on Sun. Feb. 11, 2018 in Douglas, MA. Her husband, William “Bill” Lefebvre, predeceased her on December 15, 1988.
She is survived by her 5 children, William H. Nelson and his wife Laura of La Verne, CA., Judith M. Cassidy and her husband Eugene of Lady Lake, FL., James A. Milioto of Douglas MA with whom she lived the past 7 years, Joseph A. Milioto and his wife Pamela of Dunbarton, NH., and Lisa A. Greenleaf and her husband Lee of Columbia, TN.; 8 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren. She was also predeceased by her only sibling, her brother, William Sanford Kinney Jr.
Born in Boston, MA 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 New Hampshire and finally settling in Douglas Massachusetts where she lived with her son, James.
Mrs. Lefebvre graduated from Wayland High School in 1942 and enlisted in the US Navy in 1944, where she rose to the rank of Specialist 3rd Class. She was very proud to be a WWII Veteran and was a life member of the VFW Post 1698 of Franklin, NH and American Legion Post 49, Northfield, NH.
She worked as a Hospital Administrator for 19 years at the Lakes Regional General Hospital in Laconia, NH and then continued with Franklin Hospital, retiring in 2004, working well into her 80’s. 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. A proud veteran herself, she remained very active with various Veteran Affairs throughout her life. She served with the U. S. Navy as a keypunch specialist during WWII and served again during the Korean War.
On Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 12pm – 3pm, 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, MA where she resided, a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 24th from 11 am – 1 pm at the Sutton Senior Center at 19 Hough Rd., Sutton, MA. 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.