Barbara Ann (Willison) Lovell

| September 30, 2019

Barbara Ann Willison Lovell, 86, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.

She had resided there since July and previously lived at Edgewood Personal Care Home for nine months.

Born in New Bethlehem on November 26, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Wm. Kenneth and Naomi (Williams) Willison.

She was formerly married to Eugene Henry, Robert Wiant, and Richard Lovell.

Barbara was a graduate of the New Bethlehem High School class of 1950 and, currently, was the longest serving member of the First United Methodist Church located in her hometown.

In her early years, Barbara owned and operated a beauty salon on Wood Street and later worked as a secretary for Willison’s Garage and the New Bethlehem Borough. Her last employment was as an aide at the Anderson House in New Bethlehem and then at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.

She was a caregiver to her maternal grandmother, Nelllie Williams, and her parents in their later years.

Barbara was a wonderful cookie baker and candy maker, relished a good novel, took great pleasure in a bowl of ice cream, and enjoyed the company of her high school classmates and neighbors, past and present.

She is survived by one son, Marty Henry (Roxann) of New Bethlehem, one grandson, Marty Henry (Jennifer) of North Wales and one granddaughter, Ashley Henry Shook (Jeffrey) of Pittsburgh.

She adored her four small great grandchildren, Hannah and Naomi Henry of North Wales and Veda and Cyrus Shook of Pittsburgh.

Barbara is also survived by one sister in law, Jane Willison of York, and one nephew, Brian Willison of Todos Santos, Mexico; a step nephew, Doug Tyger and two step nieces, Susan Cathcart and Julie Tyger.

Coming from a small family, she was especially fond of her cousins, Susie Freedline, Melissa Kimmell, and Maggie Gronsky. Other surviving cousins include Bobby Hall and Shirley Barger.

Barbara was preceded in death by her father in 1992 and her mother in 2003. Her brother, William Willison, passed in 2006.

At her request, Barbara was cremated.

Family and friends will be received from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, 2019, with a memorial service to immediately follow at the Rupert Funeral Home and Cremation Service Chapel, 233 Penn Street, New Bethlehem.

Interment will be in the New Bethlehem Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church of New Bethlehem, 234 Penn Street, New Bethlehem, Pa 16242 or the Redbank Valley Public Library, 720 Broad Street, New Bethlehem, Pa 16242.

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Arrangements are under the direction of the Rupert Funeral Home and Cremation Service of New Bethlehem.

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