ORONO – Barbara (Steenstra) Alley, 84, died peacefully in her sleep Oct. 29, 2016, at Dirigo Pines Retirement Community. She was born Jan. 13, 1932, in Middletown, Conn., the daughter of Edward F. Steenstra and Mildred (Hodgkins) Steenstra.
Barb’s love for her family, friends, church, community and the natural wonder of Mount Desert Island knew no bounds. She reveled in the company of all she knew — from lifelong friends to those she just met. Her kindness, strength, generosity, patience and silliness carried many through good times and bad. Throughout her life, Barb showed all that is good, and right, and possible in the world.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Dr. Lee H. Alley, and a brother, Frederick W. Steenstra. Surviving are her sons, Daniel and his wife, Donna, of Plattsburgh and Peru, N.Y., Brian and his wife, Linda, of Dover, Pa., and David of Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren, Sarah and Katie of Hamburg, Pa., and Zachary of Henderson, Nev.; great-grandchildren, Dax Lashway, of Saranac, N.Y., and Ruby of Mohnton, Pa.; brothers, James V. Steenstra and his wife, Virginia, of Hancock, and Edward Peter Steenstra of Bucksport; sister-in-law, Marian Steenstra of Inverness, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017, at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, 41 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments immediately following the service in the church parish hall. Interment will be at Ledgelawn Cemetery, Bar Harbor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.brookingssmith.com.