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Barbara Bryant Tweedle

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MANCHESTER -- Barbara Bryant Tweedle, 86, of Equinox Terrace Drive, died peacefully Friday, Aug. 19, 2005, at Equinox Terrace in Manchester.

She was born in Medina, Ohio on February 23, 1919, the daughter of Marshall Frye Bryant and Mildred Calvert Goldthwaite. She graduated from Northfield School for Girls, now Northfield Mount Herman School, in 1937 and attended Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.

Barbara was the quintessential volunteer and contributed her time and talents throughout her life. She was director of volunteers at the University of Chicago Hospital prior to her marriage to Charles Earl Tweedle on Dec. 31, 1946. When they moved shortly thereafter to Macon, Ga., she became a valuable asset to the volunteer activities at Christ Episcopal Church. She worked tirelessly for the Meals on Wheels program in its early years and directed Alter Guild activities. When they moved to Kingston, Jamaica, in 1961 Barbara established the volunteer program at the University of the West Indies Hospital and became its first director of volunteers. She was given a citation for her work by Princess Alice, cousin to Queen Elizabeth.

Throughout her life she worked diligently as an alumnae of Northfield Mount Hermon School. She was, at various times, class president, class secretary and class agent for the Class of 1937.

She was the second of the three generations to attend NMH - preceded by her stepmother, Agnes Bryant, and followed by her daughter, Barbara Freedman, NMH ‘66.

Barbara’s husband, “Tweed,” died on Oct. 13, 1998, at the age of 93. They were married for 52 years. Barbara is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Barry Freedman of South Londonderry.

A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the Old Parish Church in Weston, conducted by family friend, the Rev. Marnie Keator, vicar, St. Andrew’s Church, Turners Falls, Mass.

There will be a small memorial service for residents and staff only at Equinox Terrace in Manchester on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 2:15 p.m. conducted by the Rev. John Mitchell, rector of Zion Episcopal Church.

There are no visiting hours. If friends desire, the family prefers memorial contributions in Barbara’s memory be made to Northfield Mount Hermon School, 206 Main St., Northfield, MA 01360 or to Christ Church Meals on Wheels, Christ Church, 582 Walnut Street, Macon, GA 31202.

For directions or to send e-mail condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the care of Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place, Manchester Center.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 23, 2005
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