Virginia Howe

Virginia P Howe (Lyman)

Wednesday, January 23rd, 1918 - Friday, May 1st, 2020
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BARRE- Virginia Pearl Howe,102,died peacefully on May 1, 2020 from complications of COVID-19. The family wishes to thank the staff at Cornerstone and Milford Regional Medical Center for their dedication and care.

 Born January 23, 1918 in Athol,MA Virginia grew up in an area of Hardwick that is now part of the watershed for Quabbin Reservoir.  She married in 1936 and then moved to Barre in 1940 where she lived until 2016 when she moved to Cornerstone at Milford Assisted Living .
She was predeceased by her parents Clarence and Edna (Burgess) Lyman; brothers Douglas Lyman and Gordon Lyman; her first husband Arthur Blackmer and her second husband Henry Howe.  She is survived by a daughter Betty Wickis and husband Jim of Medway, MA; a son Dana Blackmer and wife Amy of Richmond, VA; 4 grandchildren:  Peter Wickis, David Wickis, Lee Blackmer and Jane Blackmer; nieces, nephews, cousins and their extended families.
Fueled by her boundless curiosity, independence, and optimism, she was a life-long learner. She pursued many interests throughout her life, including flying lessons, horseback riding, organic gardening, painting, and almost any other craft imaginable. She loved working on the computer to do genealogy and make her well-loved greeting cards for family and friends.  Other activities over the years included teaching with Marian Bentley the initial class of Red Cross first aid to the police and firefighters, making cream puffs for the weekly Kiwanis dinners/meetings at the First Parish Church (Brown Church), holding classes for making wood fiber flowers, working at Belcher’s greenhouse making arrangements for weddings and as a payroll clerk in the Superintendent’s Office of the Quabbin Regional School District.  At Cornerstone, she was a resident ambassador, introducing new residents to the facility; she was also known for being somewhat of a bingo master!
A graveside service for Virginia will be held in Barre at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Pillsbury Funeral Home 96 S.Barre Rd. Barre.
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Beth Baker Washburn

Posted at 04:56pm
I am so sorry to learn of Virginia’s death. It was an honor knowing her through Cornerstone. She and my father realized that they were neighbors who had many friends in common yet did not meet until later in life. May she rest in God’s peace and Rise in Glory. May the tears of those who love her be transformed into special memories that warm their hearts.

Rev. Beth (Baker) Washburn

Cynthia Quercia Posted at 08:22pm

I am so sorry to learn of Virginia's passing. We met through Cornerstone where my father was also a resident. I remember how excited my dad was to meet Virginia and to learn she was from Barre where our family had also lived. Virginia was a wonderful person. I will always remember her friendship and compassion when my Dad was passing when she came and simply sat with him and held his hand. May Virginia rest in Gods peace and may all her precious memories comfort you all. With deepest sympathy, Cindy (Baker) Quercia

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