HENNIKER - Barbara Mae (Beales) Provencher, 76, of Henniker, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, from complications from primary biliary cirrhosis. Members of her family were by her side.
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Barbara was born December 20, 1936 in Rochester, N.Y., to an English Quaker and a descendent of the British Royal Family. She moved to Merrimack in 1959 with her former husband, the late Charles Otey of Sweetwater, Texas, where they raised their three sons during their early years, and where she began her career as a real estate broker. Barbara enjoyed flying and logged many hours piloting small aircraft. She was a member of the local flying club.
In 1985 she married Arthur Provencher of Hudson, owner of Benson's Animal Park, and in 1986 they moved to Henniker, where they bred and raised lamas at Winter Hill Farm and later at Wind Ridge Farm, also in Henniker.
Barbara returned to college in the late 1960s and earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord and two master's degrees from New England College in Henniker. She spent 35 years working at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. She retired in 2011 as the executive director of the St. Joseph School of Nursing.
Her hobbies and interests included traveling, ballroom dancing, gardening, animal advocacy, and researching her family genealogy. She volunteered for the Humane Society of Greater Nashua, the NH Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the NH Republican Committee.
She leaves her husband, Arthur Provencher of Henniker; her three sons: Charles Otey of Denver, Colo. and his wife, Jamie Patterson; Robert Otey of Trinity Center, Calif. and his partner Margo Gray; Bryan Otey of Canterbury and his wife Shelli Gay; and her stepson, Gary Provencher of Merrimack and his wife Catherine.
She leaves behind her seven grandchildren: Tabitha Pope of Manchester, Jennifer Otey of Denver, Colo., Laura Hoover of Frederick, Md., Nathan Otey of Seattle, James Otey of Canterbury, and Emily and Curtis Provencher of Merrimack; as well as three great-grandchildren: Lilly and Tucker Pope, and Libby Hoover, and numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves her travel companions Harry and Val Leftwich of Queensland, Australia; her sister-in-law, Shirley Lory of Magog, Quebec; her colleagues at the St. Joseph School of Nursing, and her many friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Robert Nelson Beales Jr. and Mae Elizabeth Slocum of Penfield, N.Y.; and her two sisters: Margaret Geldof of Wilmington, Del. and Betty Reynolds of Webster, N.Y.
There are no visiting hours.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 16, at 11 a.m., at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 354 Main Street, Hopkinton.
Everyone is invited to meet at church. A gathering in the reception hall will follow.
Burial will take place in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Humane Society of Greater Nashua, 24 Ferry Road, Nashua NH 03064.
To view an on-line memorial, send a condolence or for more information, go to www.anctil-rochette.com. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home, 21 Kinsley St., Nashua.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Feb. 12, 2013