Gardner - Barbara Ann (Tucker) Kendall, formerly of Leominster, passed away Tuesday, August 10, 2021 with her family at her side after a brief illness.
Barbara will be deeply missed by her beloved husband of 51 years, Dick; her sons, Steve Kendall and his wife Dayna (Mongelli) of Leominster, Rick of Leominster, and Robert of Fitchburg and his partner Amy LaBarge of Leominster; her mother, Pearl (Beauregard) Tucker of Groton; her sister, Cathy White of Fitchburg, and five brothers, Don Tucker of Leominster, Tom Tucker of Marlborough, Dick Tucker of Leominster, Jack Tucker of Leominster, and Dave Tucker of Leominster; her grandchildren Cameron, Hannah, Jack, Matthew, Melissa, Jordan, Cody, and Bode Kendall; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her father, Kenneth W. Tucker, and brother, Kenneth R. Tucker.
Barbara was born in Fitchburg on September 7, 1950. She graduated from Leominster High School in 1968, and graduated from Mount Wachusett Community College.
She worked as hairstylist, and later in the legal department for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Gardner before joining Attorney Robert LaLancette’s law office at Fitchburg Savings Bank as a legal secretary, where she worked for many years. After retiring from Attorney LaLancette’s office, she worked at Michael’s and then pursued her dream of opening her own antique store, Barbara’s Attic, in Lunenburg.
Barbara loved the ocean, especially her annual trip with Dick to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. She also loved spending time with her family. She was a master crafter and was well-known for her Time-Out Kid dolls, which she and Dick sold in front of their longtime home on Main Street in Leominster. She continued to use her creativity to make original products as well as restore antiques at Barbara’s Attic before moving on to sell her crafts in antique and artisan stores throughout southern New Hampshire and central Massachusetts. In addition to creating, she enjoyed attending auctions and going to yard sales.
Calling hours will be held at Richardson Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster, on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Burial will be private. Plans for a Celebration of Life are forthcoming.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Special Olympics of Massachusetts or the 9P Minus Foundation in honor of her grandson, Cameron.
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