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Barbara A. (Bernard) Howe

April 9, 1933 ~ February 19, 2021 (age 87)



Barbara A. Howe, 87, of Concord, MA, passed away peacefully in Wells, ME February 19, 2021 with family by her side.

 She was born in Laconia, NH on April 9, 1933, the daughter of Alvah and Gladys (Neal) Bernard and graduated valedictorian of her class at Wells High School in 1951.

 Barbara was a graduate of Gorham Teachers College, before earning her Master’s Degree in Education.  She taught for a few years in Auburn, ME then traveled to France; teaching the children of Military families. After returning state-side, Barbara taught in Concord schools.  During that time, she married Robert Howe and they resided in Concord.

 Barbara and Robert enjoyed sailing in their boat,” Willow” out of Ipswich, MA. She traveled extensively including a month-long trip to Australia and a 3-week ladies trip touring throughout Scotland and England.   She was an avid reader and enjoyed knitting but mostly lived to teach children. 

 Barbara was an ultimate lady who portrayed generosity and kindest to all that knew her.  She was very family oriented and was a second mom to nephews, James and Jason.

 She was pre-deceased by her husband, Robert; 2 brothers, Andrew and Bruce Bernard and sister, Jean Donnell.  She is survived by her sister, Jane Mayo of Ogunquit, ME; niece Linda Downs; 3 nephews, Fred Mayo and wife Gail; James Bernard and Jason Bernard and wife Ratana as well as many great-nieces and nephews which she adored.

 At this time, there will be no services.  She will be laid to rest in Oceanview Cemetery in the spring.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Johnson Funeral Home, North Berwick, ME.  Condolences may be expressed at


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