EAST BLUE HILL – Barbara Anne Haynes Cousins of East Blue Hill, died peacefully at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, on Feb. 15, 2017.
Barbara was born on May 30, 1938, at the Hurley Hospital in Ellsworth. She was the first daughter of Newell P. and Lillian (Haley) Haynes. The same day as her birth, her father was hatching baby geese in the wood stove oven. At the time of her death, she was the family matriarch.
Barbara graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1956 and Mount Ida Junior College, Newton, Mass., in 1958.
After college she worked in Florida as a dental assistant, returning to Maine to marry John D. Cousins in 1961. When her three boys were mostly grown, she worked in the family business, Webbers Cove Boatyard in East Blue Hill.
At 52 years old she began to substitute teach and tried downhill skiing for the first time! For many more years she was on the board of the Blue Hill Society Aid for Children and the board of Four Town Nursing. She greatly enjoyed her time as a charter member of The Red Hat Society of Blue Hill.
Barbara loved her family, her gardens and she loved to travel around world. She spent many happy days on Patten Pond and Blue Hill Bay.
She is survived by her three beloved sons and daughters-in-law. J. Gregory Cousins and Katie Burnett of Fort Pierce, Fla., J. David Cousins and Gail Cousins of Blue Hill, and Matthew Haynes Cousins and Anneliese Riggall of Blue Hill. Seven grandchildren, Todd and Reilly (Gregory), Haley, Adam and Lillian (David) Tyler and Lybra (Matthew) Five great-grandchildren, Macie, Molly, Cassidy, Lucas and Colton. One sister, Judy Baernstein of Seattle, Wash. Sister-in-law Jean Kelley of Pittsfield. Many nieces, nephews and several cousins. As well as dear lifelong friends Jane Gashlin, Joyce Bissett and Irene Rachinski.
She was predeceased by her husband of 35 years, John D. Cousins Sr., her parents, and her mother- and father-in-law, Maurice and Leatha Cousins of East Blue Hill.
To my sons and grandchildren and great-grandchildren:
“May you each have love, happiness and peace of mind. Everything else goes by the way.” Mother and Pama
Those who are planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the charity of their choice.
A church service and reception is planned at St. Francis by the Sea in Blue Hill, on Friday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m.
A graveside memorial and celebration of life party will be held in Blue Hill this summer.