Barbara Stetson

  • Born: April 23, 1920
  • Died: May 28, 2009
  • Location: Middletown, Rhode Island

Tribute & Message From The Family

Middletown, RI - Barbara (McElroy) Stetson, 89, of Forest Farm Health Care Centre, Middletown, RI, formerly of 371 Brown's Lane, Middletown, died peacefully Thursday, May 28, 2009 at Forest Farm Health Care Center in Middletown surrounded by family.

She was the wife of the late Thomas H. Stetson, USN, Ret.

Mrs. Stetson was an avid bridge player and reader. She was a volunteer at Forest Farm for many years before becoming a resident.

She is survived by three daughters Linda Stetson of New York City, Mary Hebert of East Brookfield, MA and Katharine Lemaire of Woodland, CA, a daughter-in-law, Rose Stetson of Providence, RI; five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

She was the mother of the late John H. Stetson.

A memorial service will be held Monday, June 1, 2009 at 2:30 pm at Forest Farm Health Care Centre, 193 Forest Avenue, Middletown, RI.

In lieu flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 or to the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, RI 02842.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Farouk and I were so saddened to learn of Barbara's death. We loved both Tom and Barb. They were terrific neighbors. We spent many hours hanging over the fence talking about plants, birds, books and general happenings in Middletown, We will always think back with fondness on your warm, pragmatic, funny and kind parents. Our deepest condolences. Susan and Farouk Niazy

Posted by Susan and Farouk Niazy - RI   June 03, 2009

Dear Mary,

My condolences on the loss of your mother. I'll be thinking of you.


Posted by Lisa Smyle - Monterey, MA   June 01, 2009

Condolences to the family. Mrs. Stetson was very kind to me when as a teenager I spent many happy hours in the Stetson home. I enjoyed many talks and many meals and have always felt that Capt. and Mrs. Stetson made a big impact on me, all for the good. Mrs. Stetson always would lend me a few books and took an interest in what my opinion of them was. I miss John as well, along with those most happy days. I will never forget the kindness paid to me by the Stetson family and I know I speak as well for our group of John's friends.

Posted by Mike Ripa - Middletown, RI   June 01, 2009

We are very sorry about your loss. We had many nice dinners at Dolores Ventura's house with Barbara and Tom. They were both so kind, funny and warm. Recently we spent some time with her at Forest Farm while visiting Ellen's aunt. She will surely be missed.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Ellen and Tucker

Posted by Ellen Retlev and Tucker Harris - Newport, RI   May 30, 2009

I so wish that I could be there with you to celebrate Bobbie's life and mourn her passing. She was an instrumental person in my life and God is happy to have her in heaven with Grandpa. Please know that I love you all very much and my heart is with you. Love, Tippie

Posted by Claudia Kelly - Buckeye Lake OH & Daytona Be   May 30, 2009

Sorry to hear that Mrs. Stetson has passed. Regards to the family.
best, Anita Lopez Winder

Posted by Anita Lopez Winder - Inverness, FL   May 29, 2009