Barbara Hoyt Hanlon

Barbara Hoyt Hanlon

Thursday, May 19th, 1927 Sunday, February 28th, 2021

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Obituary for Barbara Ann Hoyt Hanlon

Barbara Ann Hoyt Hanlon, 93, of Londonderry, NH, formerly of Hudson, NH, passed away peacefully in her sleep Sunday, February 28, 2021.

Barbara was born in Newton, MA, on May 19, 1927, the daughter of George L. and Edna H. (Ehrcke) Reynolds.

Barbara spent most of her childhood summers digging for clams and racing the incoming tide as it rolled in over the sand bars in Brewster on Cape Cod. At the age of 20 she met and married Robert T. Hoyt of Wellesley, MA. and together raised four children, David R. (Sherry) Hoyt, Stephen R. (Jean) Hoyt, Deborah Hoyt and Kimberly E. (Michael) Gagnon.

Barbara was widowed in midlife, then she met and married Arthur R. Hanlon of Pelham, NH. Together they moved to Londonderry where they enjoyed 33 years together caring for one another, sharing their families, and living full and long lives well into their 90’s.

Barbara had an infectious smile and twinkling eyes that were her trademark as one of the kindest, most caring persons you’d ever meet. Barbara was a loyal friend who loved to play bridge with her neighbors, laugh and just enjoy the moment. Barbara made friends with the grocery clerk, the hairdresser, the butcher, and waitresses at their favorite eateries. She knew their names and they knew hers.

Barbara loved to write poetry and short stories about her childhood, the nature around her and the thoughts that came to mind. She questioned the things that puzzled her and accepted what life had to bring. “A firefly lights his lantern/Brightens his corner space / Children holding jars/ Capture their mystery of life.”

Barbara is predeceased by her husbands, “Bob” and “Art” and her son, Stephen. She is survived by her remaining children and their spouses, her stepchildren, A. Richard (Mark) Hanlon, Kevin (Darlene) Hanlon, Melanie (Richard) Taylor and all of the above’s grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Re-Member, serving the Oglala Lakota people living on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota:
PO Box 5054
Pine Ridge, SD 57770

Or the charity of your choice

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    Friday, March 12th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Davis Funeral Home
    1 Lock St
    Nashua, NH
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    Friday, March 12th, 2021
    Rev. Dr. Andrew Armstrong
  • Interment

    Friday, March 12th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Mt. Hope
    166 Central St
    Acton, Massachusetts
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    Friday, March 12th, 2021

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Melanie Hanlon Taylor

Dear Deb, Kim, David, Your Families, and Stephen’s Family,
I first met Barbara when I was a freshman in high school. She made me feel like I was one of the family. Little did I know she would become my Stepmother 18 years later. Barbara always had a smile. She would ask questions; the questions of a person interested in you and your life. When I stayed for dinner one night, I commented on the delicious main course. Before I left, she gave me a card with her recipe on it. That’s the kind of person she was: friendly, helpful, kind, and caring. When she smiled, it was always with that twinkle in her eyes. Barbara gladly picked up the position of “Step” Grandmother to my children. She graciously filled the position that would have been left a huge void in my kids’ lives. Thank you to all of you for sharing your mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great, great grandmother with the “other half” of your family. Love, Melanie, Rick, Ashley (Mike and Hannah), Jenna (George), and Jeffrey (Carissa)
Comment | Posted at 07:09pm via Condolence

A. Richard Hanlon

Dear Deb, Kim, David and Families;
Our Families blended together over 30 years ago, and that's when we experienced Barbara's caring and nurturing soul, which was one of her many kind attributes. She never raced to judgement, always giving the benefit of the doubt to those all around her. She always said "hi", smiled to everyone with her infectious smile, and truly treated people the way she wanted to be treated. She will be greatly missed by all who new her. Barbara was the kind of Stepmother that everyone would wish for and will be greatly missed. Our sincere sympathy and kind thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. Love, Richard & Mark
Comment | Posted at 05:00pm via Condolence

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