Barbara E. Lash, 95, of Friendship, passed away April 21 at LincolnHealth – Miles Campus in Damariscotta.
Born in Thomaston, April 3, 1921, she was the daughter of Irving A. and Lizzy Flint Fales. She attended Cushing schools and was a 1938 graduate of Thomaston High School.
On Oct. 13, 1940, she married her best friend and soul mate, Winfield C. Lash. Together the two recently celebrated 75 wonderful years of marriage. The couple said there were lean times and times of plenty and it was only with God’s grace and blessing and a lot of patience, forgiveness, longevity they were able to attain this rare diamond anniversary.
A devoted mother, wife, and homemaker, Barbara’s greatest desire was to help others in all she did. Her quiet, gracious service was evident, whether making donuts for the crew at the boat shop, singing in the choir at church, or sitting at her kitchen table sharing the love of her Lord and Savior with anyone at hand.
For more than 75 years she has been active in the ministries of the Friendship Advent Christian Church. Barbara sang in the choir, was involved in Women’s Home and Foreign Missions Society, and always made certain her seven children were in Sunday school.
Barbara was comforted in recent years to have come to love and consider as family her caregivers, Linda Maxcy Simmons, Susan Simmons, and Carrie Perkins.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Winfield C. ‘Winnie’ Lash in 2015; son, Wesley Austin Lash; and brother, Richard Fales.
Mrs. Lash is survived by children and their spouses, Neil and Bonnie Lash of Waldoboro, Irving ‘Irv’ and Willi Lash of Augusta, Paulette ‘Polly’ and Ivan Hill of Friendship, Dianne and Norman Hill of Friendship, Theresa Fullerton of Waldoboro, and Suzanne and Thomas Simmons of Friendship; daughter-in-law, Cindy Lash of Friendship; special nephew whom she raised, Philip J. Lash of Friendship; brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul Lash, Howard Lash and wife Lois, Philip Lash and his wife Janice, Kathryn Lash, Lucille Lash, Carolyn Kaler, and Esther Lane, all of Friendship; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and many, many nieces and nephews, and an even larger extended family.
Family and friends are invited to visit from 1-2 p.m., Tues., April 26 at the Advent Christian Church of Friendship, 19 Cushing Rd., Friendship; where a celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. The Rev. Alan Chamberlain will officiate. Mrs. Lash will be laid to rest at the Old Village Cemetery, Friendship.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friendship Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 279, Friendship, ME 04547; or Advent Christian Church, P.O. Box 9, Friendship, ME 04547.
To share a memory or condolence with the Lash family, please visit their Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.