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Barbara Ann Tibbitts

Obituary
January 2, 1937 - March 9, 2019
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TOPSHAM - Barbara Ann (Smart) Tibbitts, 82, died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, March 9, 2019. She was born January 2, 1937 in Millinocket, Maine, the first born child of Alice Marie Madore and Frank Joseph Smart Sr. She grew up in Millinocket and graduated from Stearns High School in 1956. On May 17, 1958, she married her high school sweetheart, Dean George Tibbitts.

Dean was in the Navy so they moved around the country together from one duty station to another. They lived in Rhode Island, Idaho, Massachusetts, South Carolina, New Jersey, Washington, Connecticut, New York twice, and California three times. She loved traveling and meeting new people. They moved back to Maine when Dean retired from the Navy in 1979. Barbara enjoyed sewing, embroidery, bowling, cake decorating, cooking for company, puzzles, and having her fortune told.

Dean passed away in 2015 and Barbara’s health began to decline. She missed him terribly, having been together for more than 60 years. She moved to Avita of Brunswick in the fall of 2017 when she required more assistance than her family could provide at home. She enjoyed the activities and staff there very much.

Barbara is survived by a daughter Dina and her husband Tony, a son Scott and his wife Angela, a grandson Jeffrey and his daughter Vivienne (great granddaughter), a granddaughter Sarah and her husband Corey, grandsons Griffin, Caleb, and Angus and step-grandsons Garrett and Sage. A sister Ethel and her husband Al, a brother Frank Jr and his wife Betty, a brother-in-law Donn, sisters-in-law Connie, Carolyn, Patty and her husband Karl, and Helen and her partner Richard. Many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends including a special niece Nancy.

In addition to her husband Dean, Barbara was predeceased by a sister Sally and her husband Bob, a brother Michael, a sister-in-law Linda, a brother-in-law Don, nephews Steven and Michael Jr, nieces Kellan and Terri and a special niece Liza.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, March 14th from 5-7 PM at Stetson’s Funeral Home 12 Federal St. Brunswick. A funeral service will be held Friday, March 15th at 2 PM at the funeral home. Another service will be held on Saturday March 16th at 11am at St. Martin's in Millinocket with a reception to follow at 1230pm at the Congregational Church in East Millinocket.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Avita of Brunswick, Staff Appreciation Fund, 89 Admiral Fitch Ave, Brunswick, ME 04011. Memorial condolences may be expressed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com