NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Barbara Ann (Marby) Beaudreau, 65 of North Adams, MA died Tuesday December 16, 2021 at Southwestern VT Medical Center.
She was born in Great Barrington, MA on October 8, 1956, a daughter of the late George and Barbara (Hunn) Marby. She graduated from Ludlow High School in 1974 and graduated from North Adams State College in 1978 with a degree in early childhood education. Barbara later completed classes in medical assisting.
Barbara was last employed at Big Y Supermarket in Pittsfield. She also worked as a substitute teacher in North Adams Public Schools and as a medical assistant at North Adams Commons, Sweetbrook Nursing Home and North Adams Regional Hospital.
Barbara served as a 2nd Lt. in the Civil Air Patrol. She enjoyed reading, drawing, the arts and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include one daughter- Danielle Beaudreau of Canberra Australia; and one son- Jonathan Beaudreau of Clarksburg, MA. She also leaves four grandchildren- Aubrey, Madeline, Eowyn, and Aiden; two sisters- Colleen Mahdi of Hadley, MA and Kimberly Conklin of Colorado; three brothers- Gary Marby of Georgia; Jeffrey Marby of Washington state; and Kenneth Marby of California; her sister in law- Renee Marby of California; her former husband- Francis W. Beaudreau Jr of North Adams and nieces and nephews. Barbara was beloved by many with many considering her a second mom. Barbara was commonly referred to as Momma Beaudreau or Momma Barb by her friends and extended family. One of her favorite books to read her children and grandchildren was Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. (Grandma) Barbara would emphasize and recite from memory from this book, “I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be.” She will be greatly missed by so many.
She was predeceased by her son- Staff Sgt. Shane M. Appleton and her brother- Gregory Marby.
FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service for Barbara Beaudreau will be held in the spring. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS, CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA 01247. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com