Barbara J. (Pratt) Farnum, 82, a life-long resident of Winchester died on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Applewood Care Center in Winchester. She passed peacefully with the love of family near after a period of declining health.
Barbara was born the daughter of the late Mary (Wall) and Harold Pratt on March 30, 1925 in Winchester. She was educated locally and graduated from Thayer High School class of 1954.
On August 30, 1956 she exchanged vows with Reginald S. Farnum at the Federated Church of Winchester. They were married with family and friends in attendance. Sadly, Reginald passed on May 25, 2008 after almost sixty-two years of marriage.
Barbara was a cook and kitchen staff at Friendly Meals in Keene for three years. Prior, she had worked at Woolworths in Keene for many years as a clerk and cashier.
She had many interests and hobbies. Her time was used for knitting and doing word puzzles. Barbara loved to watch her children, grandchildren and in time great grandchildren and other members of the family. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Barbara always had something nice to say and the room lit up when she smiled.
Mrs. Farnum is survived by her children; Patty A. Patenaude of Winchester, Judy L. Lancey and her husband Alvin of Winchester and Gordon K. Farnum and his wife Catherine of Jaffrey. She also leaves her brother Alvin Pratt and his wife Lorraine of Keene. Eleven grandchildren; Daniel Fairbanks, Timothy Warren, Chrissy Joe Fairbanks, Timothy Warren, Jennifer Earle, Katie Bagster, Stephanie Farnum, Gordon Farnum Jr. Misty Johnson, Al Lancey, Sarah Lancey and Heather LaPointe in addition she leaves, many great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Barbara is pre-deceased by her daughter Debra J. Farnum who passed in 1956. She is also pre-deceased by her siblings; Harold Pratt, Donald Pratt, Raymond Pratt, Lawrence Pratt, Marilyn Campbell and Richard Pratt.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 2 to 4pm. A service will follow at 4pm. all in the funeral home. Burial will take place in the spring in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Winchester. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Barbara J. Pratt to: Winchester Fire Department, 1 Richmond Rd. Winchester, NH. 03470. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com