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May 30, 1938 - January 4, 2013
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Barbara A. (Whalen) Corbett Dobson of Hopkinton, MA died January 4,
2013 at the age of 74 at Compass at Hopkinton after a long battle with
Born in Providence, RI on May 30, 1938 She was the daughter of the
late Richard and Alice (Conde) Whalen. She attended St. Teresa’s
School in Providence and was a member of the first graduating class in
1956. She earned her nursing degree at Roger Williams School of
Nursing in 1959. She completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree from
Framingham State College in 1976.
She is survived by her husband David C. Dobson formerly of Hopkinton
and six children, Mary Ellen Corbett of Corinth, VT, Patrick Corbett
and his wife Gayle of Hopkinton, MA, Richard Corbett and his wife Ruth
of Auburndale, MA, Elizabeth Lemoine and her husband Joseph of North
Smithfield, RI, Christopher Corbett and his wife Susan of Portsmouth,
RI, and Caroline Melito of Hopkinton, MA.
Survived also by her four step-children, Corky Ouellette and her
partner Linda of Wells, ME, Peter and his wife Janetta Dobson of
Bruno, MN, Laura Bayko and her partner Frank Rockett of Nashua, NH,
and Diane Vashon and her Partner Cindy of Acton, ME. Barbara leaves
20 grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Barbara is survived by three sisters, Joan (Conde) Bevers of Barre,
MA, Clare (Whalen) Counter of Hanson, MA, and Maureen (Whalen) Spaight
of Rumford, RI.
Throughout her life Barbara loved to sing and dance and she instilled
this passion into her children, grandchildren, and those lucky enough
to have known her. Along with her husband Dave, she took part in
play reading groups, was a member of the Hopkinton Historical Society,
and was a participant at the Hopkinton Senior Center. She was an
avid supporter of the hobbies and interests of her children and
Barbara worked for Head Start of Framingham as a Parent Teacher
Coordinator where she provided motivation and encouragement to
families. She retired in 2005. Barbara was also a Sales Director
for Mary Kay Cosmetics.
Many family gatherings were held in her home as she loved to
entertain. Barbara loved gardening, the movies, theatre and giving of
herself to others.
The family wishes to thank Compass at Hopkinton and Seasons Hospice
for their incredible love, care, and support for Barbara and her loved
ones during her stay.
Visitation will be on Thursday, January 10th from 4-8pm at the
Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St, Hopkinton. A Funeral Mass
will be held on January 11th at 10am at St. John the Evangelist
Church, 20 Church St., Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers donations may be
made to: Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe St.,