TEWKSBURY, MA — Barbara J. (Talbot) Groom, age 81, of Tewksbury, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
Barbara was born on May 17, 1938 in Boston, MA. She was the daughter of the late William and Eleanor (Hibbard) Talbot, Jr. Barbara was raised and educated in Malden, MA. She moved to Tewksbury in 1971 with her husband and two children.
Barbara loved her years working as a nursery school teacher in Wilmington. She later worked as an administrative assistant at Textron Systems in Wilmington.
Barbara was an accomplished artist, creating oil paintings and other artwork that were displayed in various galleries and seaside shops along the New England coast. She won many awards in local art shows. Barbara also had a passion for genealogy, and she spent many hours tracing her roots back through time.
Barbara’s energy and adventurous spirit took her all over the country throughout the years. She enjoyed horseback riding through the Grand Tetons in her 50’s, whitewater rafting the Grand Canyon in her 60’s and taking her granddaughters on intergenerational trips to the southwest or the northern plains in her 70’s. In her 80’s, one could still find Barbara at various dances and Zumba classes in the local area.
Barbara was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be missed by her family.
Barbara was the beloved wife of 55 years of the late Francis Groom, Jr., devoted mother of Paula Morris & her husband James of Londonderry, NH and Francis Groom, III of Tewksbury, loving “Grammy” of Kimberly Morris of White River Junction, VT and Gabrielle Morris of Londonderry, NH, cherished daughter of the late William and Eleanor (Hibbard) Talbot, Jr., dear sister of the late Patricia Huber and William R. Talbot, III.
Family and friends gathered for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, February 12th at 11:00 a.m. Interment followed in Tewksbury Cemetery, Tewksbury. Visiting hours were held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 11th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Memorial donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to MSPCA, Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.
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