OBITUARY: Barbara E. (Chambers) Harrison, 94

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Barbara E. Harrison (Chambers), age 94, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on January 31, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

Barbara was born on October 15, 1926, in Boston; she was the cherished only daughter to the late Harold and Evelyn Chambers. Barbara was raised in a large and loving family in Allston and summered in Holliston. She attended Allston/Brighton public school system and was a graduate of Brighton High School with the Class of 1943.

Barbara married the “love of her life” William “Bill” Harrison on September 14, 1946; the couple lived in Brighton and Somerville for several years before making Wilmington their home in 1953 and where they raised a wonderful family. Barbara’s family was her number one priority; she was a stay at home Mom who raised seven of her own children along with their many friends who considered her “Mom” as well. Barbara had an “open door” policy where all were welcome, treated with love and respect and of course fed a great meal.

Barbara’s love and devotion to her family was evident in everything she did. Barbara was well organized and ran a “tight ship” with her large gang but she always showered her children and grandchildren with lots of love and affection. Barbara wanted the best in life for her children and grandchildren and she taught by example; she taught her family the importance of education, respect, loyalty and the importance of a strong family bond. She also encouraged them to follow their own path in life, reach for their goals and be true to themselves. She was an amazing mother and Mimi, a great role model, a wonderful confidante and a true friend to her family members.

Barbara had a thirst for knowledge and was an avid reader; she could converse with anyone on practically any subject and she had her strong political views. Barbara was a “people person” and was very sociable, she enjoyed facilitating other people’s views, she could agree to disagree and had a huge amount of respect towards everyone’s opinions.

Barbara was a devout Catholic and an active member of St. Thomas Parish for many, many years. She walked over to Sunday Mass every week, she enjoyed singing along with the choir and conversing with other parishioners after Church. Barbara’s faith was a constant in her life and she believed in the power of prayer to help anyone in any situation.

As her eldest son William “Bill” Harrison, Jr. wrote about his late mother:

Those who know her are nourished, those who don’t are fed.
Those who know her, stop by, she is their destination.
Those who know her look to connect, engage, reflect or just say hello.
Those who know this, know her, and they love my Mother.

Barbara will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady, she was ahead of her time in many aspects and went out of her way to help others. She was outgoing, friendly and had an endearing personality along with a beautiful smile; she always made others feel loved. Barbara touched the lives of not only her family but many people in the community; she will forever be missed by all who loved her.

Barbara was the beloved wife of the late William R. Harrison, devoted mother of Janet Harrison of West Newbury, William Harrison & his wife Theresa and Donald Harrison & his wife Susan all of Wilmington, Douglas Harrison & his wife Joanne of Newburyport, Debbie Harrison of Providence, RI, Pat Lawrenson & her husband Stephen and Jamie Harrison all of Wilmington. Loving “Mimi” of Nathan & Lia Goldstein, Lindsay Harrison Goldstein & the late Joseph Walsh, Vanessa Graham, Jessica & Tommy Aprile, Bill & Meghan Harrison, Ryan & Richelle Harrison, Justin Harrison, Douglas Harrison, Kyle Harrison, Jennifer & Ron Andruchuk, Brad & Denise Lawrenson, Corey Lawrenson, Carlie & Michael Larffarello, Jacqueline Maga, Johnny Maga and Great-Grandchildren Aria, Reina, Desmond, Tayler, Emerson, Will, Brooke, Madelyn, Colette, Roman, Alpha, Omega, Billy, Grace, Gianna, Aric, Aison and Christopher. Cherished daughter of the late Harold and Evelyn (Graham) Chambers, dear sister of Allan Chambers & his wife Sue of Weymouth, Edmund Chambers of New Jersey, the late Harold, Donald, Bruce and Karl Chambers. Barbara is also survived by many special nieces and nephews.

Family and friends gathered for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Friday, February 5 th at 12:00 noon. Interment followed  in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Barbara’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.


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