Longtime resident, bookkeeper, homemaker
Alda Barrett. (Courtesy photo)
Alda O. (Olivette) (Brown) Barrett, 90, a resident of New Horizons at Marlborough, formerly of Harvard, passed away April 1, 2018, at Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester after complications from a fall and traumatic brain injury.
Alda was born in Somerville, Dec. 31, 1927, the daughter of Nellie Memorial Skinner and Warren Eaton Brown. She had four sisters: Arline Emerson, Inez Blauvelt, E. Mavis Rockwood, and Luella Nordstrom.
Alda graduated from Medford High School in 1946 and became a worthy adviser of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls in Medford. She worked at Prudential Insurance as a secretary and bookkeeper until the early 1950s. On a vacation trip to Nantucket she met her soon-to-be husband, Robert M. Barrett, a tour bus and cab driver with Barrett’s Tours. After Robert earned a certificate in watch repair from Massachusetts Trade Shops Schools in Boston, they were married at the West Somerville Congregational Church in 1951. They lived in Somerville a few years before building their home together in Harvard. Alda continued to work as a bookkeeper for local businesses in Harvard until becoming a mother and full-time homemaker in 1958.
She is survived by her son, Jeffrey B. Barrett, and his wife, Roberta (Robin) H. Barrett; her granddaughter, Marguerite Lynne Barrett of Bolton; her niece, Eleanor (Emerson) Neil of Methuen; her nephews, George and Warren Blauvelt of Hinesville, Georgia; her niece, Lorraine (Blauvelt) Griffith of Pennsylvania; her sister, E. Mavis Rockwood, and her nieces, Sandra Poucher and Marjorie Potvin, all of Lakeland, Florida; her sister, Luella Nordstrom of Lake Placid, Florida; and her nieces, Susan Loiselle of Chelmsford and Lisa Dupont of Gardner.
Family and friends will gather to honor and celebrate Alda’s life Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. at the Badger Funeral Home, 347 King St., Littleton.
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