Remembering Audrey Stevens

Audrey (Carter) Stevens, 86

BARRE - Audrey (Carter) Stevens, 86, of Barre, MA left her beloved farm and hometown on June 3rd. Born 4/13/34, she was predeceased by her father Donald Carter and her mother, Thelma Littlefield Carter. Born Audrey Carter, she worked with her father on their farm on Allen Hill, Old Stage Road for many years before marrying her husband, Daniel Stevens. The Carter and Stevens Farm was born. Audrey worked the farm her entire life alongside her family including her son and his family. She raised many animals over the course of her life and will be remembered for her love, kindness and care of her dogs, chickens, cows, pet woodchucks, chipmunks, monkey and crow, and her favorite, Morgan horses. She loved and valued her farm. Audrey led a full life with many talents and interests including sewing, gardening, quilting, hunting, skiing, running, canoe racing, travel, local history and horsemanship. She served her community throughout the course of her life by being a 4-H and Girl Scout leader for many years. She was a past member of the Barre Riding and Driving club, and past curator of the museum in Barre's town library, where she had such empathy and knowledge of the Native American artifact collection. She was a Director, and worked at the Barre Historical Society for many years where she enjoyed tending the gardens, and the restoration of the Concord Coach. Audrey completed several courses in the practice of Herbology and over the years acquired great knowledge in the field of homeopathy. One of her proudest accomplishments was working in Emergency Medical Services where she became an EMT in 1981 and served her community for 20 years. She was also on the Board of Directors for the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. Audrey leaves her husband Daniel, a daughter Sherry McDonald and her life partner Jay Gould of Sturbridge, a son Philip and wife Erin Stevens of Barre, 6 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Private burial and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Barre Historical Society Po box 755 Barre, MA.01005. Arrangements are under the care of Pillsbury Funeral Home 96 S.Barre Rd. Barre.

Remembering Lester Paquin

Lester W. Paquin, 63

BARRE - Lester W. Paquin, 63, a lifelong resident of Barre, noted town historian and zealous advocate for Veterans' causes, died suddenly on March 11, 2021.
He was a 1975 graduate of Quabbin Regional High School and Mount Wachusett Community College. Lester was dedicated to many causes including honoring and assisting Veterans. He worked to bring Veterans memorials to Washington D.C. and Worcester and wrote a play, "Memorial: David's Peace," which depicts loved ones of a soldier killed in 1968 as they meet at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and recall their memories of him. For many years, Lester offered detailed programs about the "Titanic," "Lusitania" and "Andrea Dorea." He also offered presentations about the Lipizzaner Stallions, Seven Houses of God in Barre, the Naramore family tragedy, and portraits of local Civil War figures.
Lester served as a member of the Barre Historical Commission, Historical Society, Library Association and Library Trustees, holding offices for some of the organizations. He served as Secretary of the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Board of Directors, was a longtime director of the Barre Senior Center and was active for many years with the Barre Players. He worked as an editor and writer at Worcester Publishing and penned a book about the city. He was employed by AIDS Project Worcester at the time of his death.

Among his loved ones, Lester leaves his mother, Jacqueline Paquin, to whom he was devoted, his partner John Tambeau, his brothers Sheldon and John (Cassandra), his niece Amanda and nephew Zachary. He was predeceased by his father, Charles L. Paquin Jr. He also leaves his two beloved dogs.

https://www.worcestermag.com/story/obituaries/2021/03/19/remembering-lester-paquin-historian-editor-and-advocate/4760578001/

Remembering Bertyne Smith

Bertne Rice Smith, 91

 

Lee, MA – Bertyne Rice Smith, took her last breath on May 25, 2022 after a period of declining health. Born on October 10, 1930 to Rachel Ballou Rice and Herbert Arthur Rice of Barre, MA she lived 91 rich and fulfilling years.


Much of her youth was spent riding horses. Trail rides with friends and her father helped develop her deep love of the outdoors. After graduating from Barre High School in 1948 she earned an Associate’s Degree in Arts & ; Crafts at Westbrook Jr. College in Maine. She applied one of her creative skills, as a potter, at the fledgling Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) living history museum. There she met Donald Spencer Smith, the assistant curator, a veteran of WWII and a recent graduate of Wesleyan University. Bertyne and Don were married in the Meeting House at OSV in 1952 and soon moved to Schenectady NY where Don became the first full-time Executive Director of the Schenectady Museum.

 

In 1953, the first of three daughters was born and Bertyne devoted her time to motherhood. She was a supportive and loving mother, leading Girl Scout troops, sewing beautiful outfits, attending concerts and plays and always “being there” for her girls. Bertyne was honored to help Don in Schenectady and later when he became the Executive Director of the Berkshire County Historical Society (BCHS) in Pittsfield, MA. While at BCHS, Don oversaw the acquisition and restoration of Herman Melville’s home. There, as wherever Don worked, Bertyne was the unpaid assistant, volunteer coordinator, exhibit collaborator, event hostess and behind the scenes organizer. Their mutual success in life is due in large part to them being such a strong team. In 1978, the declining health of her widowed father brought her back to her home town and family property in Barre, MA. She and Don also returned to OSV to finish their careers where they had started them. As a costumed historical interpreter she continued to share her gifts as a spinner, weaver, quilter, bonnet and straw hat maker, and lover of history with visitors from across the globe. Following the tradition of six generations of her ancestors who called Barre home, she gave countless hours to make the town a better place. She was well suited and pleased to serve as the volunteer curator of the Barre Historical Society for over 25 years. During her tenure there she helped lead the effort through considerable fund raising and research, to conserve an 1859 Concord Stage Coach which
is on display at the society.

 

Bertyne was active in churches wherever she lived, including the former Christ Episcopal Church of South Barre, where she served on the vestry, as a member of the prayer shawl ministry and in many other capacities. The family wishes to thank the team of caregivers who enabled her to stay at home in Barre for so long and to the staff of The Landing at Laurel Lake in Lee MA, the assisted living facility where she spent her final years. Bertyne will be remembered for her positive spirit, resilient attitude and devotion to others. She leaves a legacy of impactful community service, creative and beautiful crafts, nearly 90-acres of conserved family land in Barre, and an example of how to make the world a better place.

 

Bertyne is predeceased by Donald S. Smith, her husband of 49 years and her middle daughter Robin E. Smith. She is survived by daughters Karen Smith Clark and her husband Fred Clark (Housatonic MA), Ruth A. Smith and her wife Beth McGuinn (Canterbury NH), granddaughters Sarah L. Clark and her husband Mitchell Adams (Rockland MA) and Molly E. Clark and her fiancé Joshua Yankell, (Dedham MA) as well as several cousins, especially Bonnie Lichter (New York, NY).

 

Memorial donations may be made to the Barre Historical Society, PO Box 755, Barre, MA 01005,
https://www.barremahistoricalsociety.org/ and Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road,
Sturbridge MA 01566 https://www.osv.org/

 

A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 on June 8 at the Barre Congregational Church, 30 Park
Street, Barre MA. Interment of ashes will be at that Glen Valley Cemetery, 446 Valley Road, Barre MA.
Arrangements by Pillsbury Funeral Home www.pillsburyfuneralhome.com

Remembering Lester Paquin

Lester W. Paquin, 63

BARRE - Lester W. Paquin, 63, a lifelong resident of Barre, noted town historian and zealous advocate for Veterans' causes, died suddenly on March 11, 2021.
He was a 1975 graduate of Quabbin Regional High School and Mount Wachusett Community College. Lester was dedicated to many causes including honoring and assisting Veterans. He worked to bring Veterans memorials to Washington D.C. and Worcester and wrote a play, "Memorial: David's Peace," which depicts loved ones of a soldier killed in 1968 as they meet at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and recall their memories of him. For many years, Lester offered detailed programs about the "Titanic," "Lusitania" and "Andrea Dorea." He also offered presentations about the Lipizzaner Stallions, Seven Houses of God in Barre, the Naramore family tragedy, and portraits of local Civil War figures.
Lester served as a member of the Barre Historical Commission, Historical Society, Library Association and Library Trustees, holding offices for some of the organizations. He served as Secretary of the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Board of Directors, was a longtime director of the Barre Senior Center and was active for many years with the Barre Players. He worked as an editor and writer at Worcester Publishing and penned a book about the city. He was employed by AIDS Project Worcester at the time of his death.

Among his loved ones, Lester leaves his mother, Jacqueline Paquin, to whom he was devoted, his partner John Tambeau, his brothers Sheldon and John (Cassandra), his niece Amanda and nephew Zachary. He was predeceased by his father, Charles L. Paquin Jr. He also leaves his two beloved dogs.

https://www.worcestermag.com/story/obituaries/2021/03/19/remembering-lester-paquin-historian-editor-and-advocate/4760578001/

Remembering Audrey Stevens

Audrey (Carter) Stevens, 86

BARRE - Audrey (Carter) Stevens, 86, of Barre, MA left her beloved farm and hometown on June 3rd. Born 4/13/34, she was predeceased by her father Donald Carter and her mother, Thelma Littlefield Carter. Born Audrey Carter, she worked with her father on their farm on Allen Hill, Old Stage Road for many years before marrying her husband, Daniel Stevens. The Carter and Stevens Farm was born. Audrey worked the farm her entire life alongside her family including her son and his family. She raised many animals over the course of her life and will be remembered for her love, kindness and care of her dogs, chickens, cows, pet woodchucks, chipmunks, monkey and crow, and her favorite, Morgan horses. She loved and valued her farm. Audrey led a full life with many talents and interests including sewing, gardening, quilting, hunting, skiing, running, canoe racing, travel, local history and horsemanship. She served her community throughout the course of her life by being a 4-H and Girl Scout leader for many years. She was a past member of the Barre Riding and Driving club, and past curator of the museum in Barre's town library, where she had such empathy and knowledge of the Native American artifact collection. She was a Director, and worked at the Barre Historical Society for many years where she enjoyed tending the gardens, and the restoration of the Concord Coach. Audrey completed several courses in the practice of Herbology and over the years acquired great knowledge in the field of homeopathy. One of her proudest accomplishments was working in Emergency Medical Services where she became an EMT in 1981 and served her community for 20 years. She was also on the Board of Directors for the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. Audrey leaves her husband Daniel, a daughter Sherry McDonald and her life partner Jay Gould of Sturbridge, a son Philip and wife Erin Stevens of Barre, 6 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Private burial and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Barre Historical Society Po box 755 Barre, MA.01005. Arrangements are under the care of Pillsbury Funeral Home 96 S.Barre Rd. Barre.