READING — Private services will be held by the family with interment in the Riverside Cemetery in Woodstock for Barbara R. VanHise, 84, who died at her home in Reading on July 16 surrounded by her family and her beloved cat Dante.
Barbara was born on Sept. 11, 1928 in Alstead, N.H., daughter of Ira and Maria (Hall) Richardson.
Barbara went to school at the Bailey’s Mill School in Hammondsville until it closed then she went to the Reading School. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1946. Soon after High School she married Owen VanHise who predeceased her on April 15, 1980.
Barbara worked for Watkins IGA for several years and then 22 years for Biben’s Hardware in Springfield where she was known as the go to person for any questions or needs.
Barbara enjoyed traveling with her family to the Jersey Shore and more recently traveling with friends to Bermuda. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Barbara is survived by her daughter-in-law Rhonda J. VanHise of Windsor; two grandchildren Oliver Todd VanHise and his wife Kristle of Windham, ME and Jennifer Newman and her husband Aaron of Claremont, N.H., and her six great-grandchildren; Joshua, Kayla, Noah, Maya, Torey, and Cameron.
In addition to her parents and her husband she is predeceased by her son Owen M. VanHise, Jr. on Nov. 18, 2011, a brother Arthur Richardson, and a sister Levina Herrick.
Those wishing may make memorial donations to the Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society, 4832 Vermont 44, Windsor, 05089.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, condolences may be offered by visiting cabotfh.com
This obituary first appeared in the July 25, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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