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“Mom... it was so hard saying goodbye...but I know you were ready... It will take time for us to come to terms with you leaving us. I still reach for...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Karen - PA

“Mom , I spent my whole adult life living away from home. I visited as often as possible but never enough. I cherished our time we had together at...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Karen - Collegeville, PA

“Sweet dreams, Mom. We love you and miss you already.Sandi ”
3 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“David and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, enjoy the memories ”
4 of 19 | Posted by: Dianne Cummings

“So sorry for your loss to the entire family, she was a lucky lady to have such a beautiful family. ”
5 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“Lisa, Sorry for your loss. ”
6 of 19 | Posted by: Doreen Cayer - Worcester, MA

“I miss you Nana! I love you!! Zoey ”
7 of 19 | Posted by: Zoey Lebel - Worcester, MA

“I love you Mom! ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: Laurie Lebel - Worcester, MA

“Rest easy mom, love you to the moon and back, send our love to Nick and Dad Love Lisa❤ ”
9 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“I love you Mom! You were my best friend and it's so quiet here without you! Thank you for always being there for me. I'll miss our travels and just...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Laurie - Worcester, MA

“Nancy,Jr. and remaining Carlson family I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Rest in peace Barbara ”
11 of 19 | Posted by: Dave McDonnell - Falmouth, MA

“Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever. ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“Every time I talked to Mom on the phone she would always end the conversation with "I'm gonna love ya and leave ya"...Never thought she would ever...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Nancy - Worcester, MA

“Love you Nana always and forever. ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Brynn - Paxton, MA

“I can sing, I can dance and I can laugh, as if nothing ever changed....but without you, can never be the same. It can never be the same. ”
15 of 19 | Posted by: Nancy Smith - Worcester, MA

“I've has 37 years of nothing but great memories with you Nana I'll never forget you I love and miss you ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: Keith - Worc, MA

“We love you Nana, you will be greatly missed. Things just won't be the same without you here. ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: Brynn, Chris & Winnie - MA

“I'm sure going to miss talking Red Sox's with you...but I know that every time I watch a game, I will think of you...just as I do Poppa! ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Junie - Worcester, MA

“I'll always remember Barbara for her elegant letter writing and beautiful script. I'll miss Barbara's conversations and jokes at family gatherings....Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Carleen - Auburn, MA

WORCESTER-Barbara E. (Holmes) Carlson, 82, of Worcester, died Friday, July 14, 2017 at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Carl F. Carlson, Jr. in 2004 and her grandson, Nicholas Marlborough in 2012.

Barbara is survived by six children; Sandi Carlson of Worcester, Nancy Smith and her husband Carl of Worcester, Laurie Lebel with whom she lived, Lisa Marlborough of Worcester, Karen Lasko and her husband John of Collegeville, PA and David Carlson of Worcester. She also leaves five grandchildren; Keith Smith, Brynn Johnson, Leo Desrosiers, Ashley Messineo and John Carl Marlborough; three great grandchildren, Alex, Winnie and Rhea; and her cat Zoey. She was also predeceased by her brother, Kenneth Holmes.

She was born in Worcester, daughter of Earl and Ellen (Gustafson) Holmes and graduated from Commerce High School. In the early years of her marriage to Carl, Barbara was a full time wife and mother, and raised her six children. She then transitioned back to the work force. She worked at Riley Stoker, Johnson Steel and her final and most enjoyable employment was in the office at Spag's.

Barbara was a longtime member of Quinsigamond United Methodist Church. She was former president of the Women's Auxiliary of the Chester P. Tuttle Post in Auburn. She loved to travel and enjoyed visiting many places around the world. She was especially fond of the many cruises she took with her husband, Carl.

A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, July 18 at 11:00 am at LINDQUIST LUNDIN Funeral Home, 36 Butler Street. Burial will follow at All Faith's Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Monday, July 17 from 5:00 until 8 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara's memory may be made to the Veteran's Inc., 69 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605.