Barbara Chase DeCoff Gilbert

Barbara Chase DeCoff Gilbert, 99 ½, passed away at her home in North Pomfret on August 2, 2022 surrounded by her family.

Barbara was born on January 21, 1923 in Lowell, Vermont, the daughter of Moses and Rena (Adams) Chase. After moving to North Pomfret she spent many years preparing lunches at her home and delivering them to the children in the Pomfret schools. She later worked for the Woodstock V.W Garage and then for Gerrish Motors both in Woodstock. Barbara lived in Pomfret nearly all her life, wintering in Florida following her retirement.

She loved making quilts, afghans, teddy bears and Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for her family. She also made clothing for family and many friends. She was a long-time member of the No. Pomfret Congregational Church and  President of the Ladies Circle when they celebrated their 100-year anniversary.  She was also Grand Master of the Pomona Grange for several years.

She is survived by her children; Norma “Micki” (David) Peoples, Andrew (Marie) DeCoff, Sally (Ronald) Weglarz, Peter (Lee) DeCoff, son-in-law George Balch, step-children; Carol (Mike) Merrill, Betty (Arnie) Powell, Ann (Dave) Montgomery, Donald (Tina) Gilbert, a brother Howard “Chic” Chase, a sister Ethlyn Wardwell, 16 grandchildren, and many extended family and friends. In addition to her parents she is predeceased by husbands Orville A. DeCoff and Earl Gilbert, a daughter Mary Jo Balch,  a grandson Michael DeCoff, sisters Florence Rameor, and Kathleen Chase, brothers; Lyle “Herbie” Chase, Norman Chase, Ronald “Curly” Chase, Dean Chase, and Kenneth Chase.

Visiting hours will be held at the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, VT on Saturday, Aug. 6th from 6 to 8 pm. A funeral service will be held at the North Pomfret Congregational Church on Sunday, Aug. 7th beginning at 2 pm. Burial will follow in the Hewittville Cemetery.

Those wishing may make memorial donations to the North Pomfret Fast Squad or the  North Pomfret Congregational Church.

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