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Barbara A. (Bennett) Gabriel

January 1, 1970 - April 4, 2006

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Holliston- Barbara A. (Bennett) Gabriel of Holliston and West Newfield,
ME. died at home on Tuesday, April 4, 2006. Since her diagnosis with
recurrent metastatic breast cancer, she received excellent care at the
Metrowest Cancer Clinic in Framingham under the direction of Dr. John
Krikorian, Chief, Medical Oncology and Mary Lord, OCN. During her illness,
she never complained and faced her difficulty with courage, grace, dignity
and humor. She always counted her blessings and dwelled on the many things
she has been able to do and see.

Born in Winchester, MA. and raised in Burlington, she was the daughter of
the late George H. Bennett II and Theresa F. (Duval) Bennett. In 1961 she
married George W. (Bill) Gabriel III in Burlington, MA.

Barbara was employed by John Hancock Financial Services for nearly 10
years as a Retirement Benefits Specialist. As well as being a homemaker,
she was a Realtor for Century 21 Circle Real Estate of Holliston for over
15 years. An active member of the First Congregational Church of
Holliston, she served on many committees, was chairperson of the Board of
Deacons and for 8 years was chairman of the Community Day Care and Nursery
School. An avid tennis player, Barbara enjoyed her summers in Maine, her
vast traveling across the country as well as having been to some thirty
foreign countries, but best of all she enjoyed spending time with her

Besides her loving husband of nearly 45 years, she leaves her son G.
William IV, his wife Joan, their daughter Audrey Elizabeth and their son,
George W. V. of Holliston, a sister Judith Purnell and her husband Bill of
Roslindale, a brother George H. Bennett III of Lynn, and many nieces and

A funeral service will be held Monday, April 10, at 11:00a.m. at the
Chesmore Funeral Home, 854 Washington St. (Rt. 16) Holliston, MA. The
Reverend Andrea Wyatt will officiate. Visiting hours are Sunday, April 9,
from 2-5p.m. at the Funeral Home.

Contributions may be made in her name to the Gabriel Family Youth
Endowment Fund, c/o First Congregational Church, 725 Washington St.
Holliston, MA. 01746