Amesbury — Barbara M. (Goldthwaite) Ouellette, of Wilmington, formerly a longtime resident of Amesbury, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family, at Woodbriar Nursing Home, on January 29, 2014, following a lengthy illness.
Barbara was born on August 6, 1926, in Haverhill, Mass., and was the cherished daughter of the late Charles and Ruth (Batchelder) Goldthwaite. Barbara was raised in West Newbury, and graduated from West Newbury High as Valedictorian of the Class of 1945. After graduation, Barbara attended MacIntosh's Business College and took the complete secretarial and accounting business courses, plus cost accounting, from the fall of 1945 to March 1947.
Barbara married the “love of her life,” Henry J.A. Ouellette, on her birthday, August 6, 1949, and settled in Amesbury. Barbara and Henry shared 45 years of marriage, raised a wonderful family, cherished their role as parents and grandparents, and made countless memories to last for generations to come. Henry's passing in 1995 was hard on Barbara. She not only lost her husband, but her best friend.
In addition to caring for her six children, Barbara also worked hard as a bookkeeper for several different companies and private clients. Barbara was not only a talented bookkeeper, but a well-respected and trusted employee. Barbara finally retired in 1986, following many years of dedicated service to others.
Barbara had many different hobbies and interests, her favorite being nature. Barbara loved working in her garden, bird watching, and visiting different lighthouses. Barbara was also very interested in genealogy, having done extensive research on the family trees of the Goldthwaite and Ouellette families. Through Barbara’s research, she was able to discover that the Goldthwaite family settled in Boston in 1630 from England. She was also a member of the DAR, or Daughters of the American Revolution.
Barbara loved to travel with her family and friends, visiting all 50 states and several different countries. She loved mountain climbing and camping. One of Barbara’s most memorable trips was driving across the entire country with all six of her children in a station wagon with no air conditioning, it was quite an adventure, but everyone had a great time.