Barbara J. Hunter
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NEW DURHAM - Barbara J. Hunter of New Durham and Monroe, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2013 at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, at the age of 69. Her death was due to complications from cancer.
She was born in Elizabeth, N.J. on April 11, 1944, the daughter of Allen and Norma Cross.
She received her BS from Montclair State College, Montclair, N.J. and moved to New Hampshire in 1972 to begin teaching home economics at Oyster River High School in Durham. While there she developed an entire four-year semester home economics program, taught adult seminars and classes and was a member of the New Hampshire State Curriculum Committee. She earned her MS in Home Economics from the University of New Hampshire in 1975 and left Oyster River HS in 1982 to continue her career as associate educator with the Belknap County Extension Service, advancing to the position of Full Extension Educator in 1994. In 1999 she was the recipient of the Extension Educator Presidential Award of Excellence. One of her major project undertakings was UPSTREAM, which worked to strengthen family life through a primary prevention network of support and education. Among her many endeavors, Barbara served as a board member of the Lakes Region United Way, worked with the New Hampshire Mediators Association and was a board member of the New Hampshire Family Resource Coalition. She retired from Extension in 2004.
Retirement for Barbara simply meant redirecting her energy and commitment. She volunteered her time working with the New Durham Elementary School, the town library and served as chair of the New Durham Board of Ethics. She was recognized as New Durham's 2013 Citizen of the Year. Her life was spent contributing wherever and however she could, particularly if it involved helping children. She was also an active member of the New Hampshire and Maine Weavers Guilds.
Barbara was dearly loved by her family and many friends who shared common interests, commitments and activities.
She is survived by her husband Kenneth of New Durham and Monroe, her mother, sister Karen Borling of Englewood, Fla., and brothers Robert Cross of Livingston, N.J. and William Cross of Englewood, Fla.
Cremation services were provided by Ricker Funeral Home, Woodsville, N.H.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in her name to the Make A Wish New Hampshire, 814 Elm St., Suite 300, Manchester, N.H. 03101.
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Ricker Funeral Home
1 Birch Woodsville, NH 03785
Published in Fosters from June 12 to June 15, 2013