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Barbara Arnold, 93
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - Barbara H. Arnold, 93, of Framingham, Mass., formerly of Freeport, died comfortably in her daughter's home on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. She was born on February 23, 1921 in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., a daughter of Gertrude (Christopher) and Arthur H. Ham. Barbara grew up in Scarsdale, N.Y. and summered on the family island, Hamloaf, off the coast of Harpswell. She was a graduate of Arlington Hall in Va. and Pine Manor Junior College in Wellesley, Mass. In 1942, in Scottsdale, Ariz. she married D. Duncan Arnold of Evanston, Ill., and Freeport.
Since 1951, Barbara and Duncan made their home in Freeport where they raised their four children. Barbara will be remembered for her generosity, dedication to her family and her unconditional love. She was an avid gardener with her own greenhouse, enjoyed shelling near her winter home on Sanibel Island, Fla., needlepoint in quieter moments, as well as reading. She and Duncan also spent joyous time cruising the Maine coast on their boat 'Draco' and in later years she would continue cruising to ports of call all over the world with her daughters. In recent years she had become an enthusiastic New England Patriots fan.
In 2002, Barbara donated 100 acres of land in South Freeport known as, The Arnold Family Forest, to the New England Forest Foundation for conservation in perpetuity.
Barbara was predeceased by her husband Duncan in 1995; her daughter Jill Arnold in 2012 and her son Christopher D. Arnold in 2000. She is survived by her son D. Russell Arnold and his wife Mary of Cape Elizabeth, her daughter A. Amanda Arnold and her wife Alison M. of Framingham, Mass. with whom she spent her later years; four grandchildren, Scott Burrill and his wife Connie Clifford, Jason Burrill, Catherine Arnold Mather and her husband Andrew, Elizabeth Arnold Tucker and her husband Robby; and three great-grandchildren, Elias and Willa Clifford Burrill and Evie Mather.
A time of gathering and celebration of Barbara's life will be held on Tuesday June 17, 2014 from 2-5 p.m. at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth, ME 04096. Tributes will be offered at 4:30 p.m. Private burial will be in South Freeport Cemetery. Please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com to view a video collage of Barbara's life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.
Donations in Barbara's memory would be greatly appreciated to an emergency food pantry:
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 15, 2014
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