Barbara (Parsons) Congdon

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Barbara Parsons Congdon, 95

PORTLAND - Barbara Parsons Congdon, 95, a lifelong resident of Portland, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 8, 2017.

She was born in Portland on Dec. 15, 1921, the daughter of George A. and Lulu A. (Ramsay) Parsons. Barbara graduated from Deering High School in 1938 and attended Portland Junior College.

Barbara worked for the Portland Pipeline and typed every plan and specification for the proposed pipeline from South Portland to Montreal. She also worked at Union Mutual.

During World War II, Barbara was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, where she was a plane spotter and also worked for the government teaching Morse code. After the war, Barbara worked for the Smaller War Plants Corporation as a secretary during a time when all equipment from the war was for sale.

While working at the SWPC, Barbara met her future husband and the love of her life, F. Gilbert Congdon Jr. They married in May 1949 and raised four children together.

She was a member of the Women's Board of Maine Medical Center where she served as president, and for many years volunteered at the hospital coffee and gift shop. Barbara was on the lineage research committee of the Mayflower Society of Maine and served as the society's secretary for over 20 years. She was a member of Woodfords Congregational Church and served as a deaconess. She was also a member of the Women's Woodfords Club, and the Maine Historical Society.

Barbara had a passion for genealogy research before the age of computers, and often traveled in search of needed documents. She and her husband also enjoyed traveling to Europe, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska and Las Vegas. On one memorable trip, the couple traveled to China with Elderhostel.

A lifelong learner, Barbara took classes on a wide variety of interests throughout her life. She took several writing courses and her family and friends enjoyed her humorous short stories. A writer at heart, Barbara kept journals throughout her life. She was an avid reader and loved a good mystery.

Barbara and her husband enjoyed summers at their camp on Highland Lake with the family.

She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, F. Gilbert Congdon Jr.; a brother, George A. Parsons Jr.; and a granddaughter, Tracey Congdon Grover.

She is survived by her children, Priscilla Congdon, of Bristol; Patricia Coombs and her husband Jim, of Portland; F. Gilbert Congdon III and his wife Martha, of Portland; and Pamela Springer and her husband Randy, of Windham; grandchildren, Timothy Grover and his wife Jaimie; Stephen and Matthew Congdon; Kate, Jeffrey and Kevin Springer; and great-grandson, Nolan Hanson.

Barbara's family greatly appreciates the loving care given by her daughter-in-law, Martha, who has served as her primary caregiver for 16 years. The family also wishes to extend their gratitude to Cara and Cheryl, of VNA Hospice, for their caring assistance.

Relatives and friends are invited to a time of visitation from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Jones Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. A private graveside service at Pine Grove Cemetery will be held at a later date. For additional information and to sign Barbara's online guest book, please visit:

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to
VNA Home Health Hospice
50 Foden Road
South Portland, ME 04106

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Sept. 12 to Sept. 13, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home
199 Woodford Street | Portland, ME 04103 | (207) 775-3763
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