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Barbara H. Lanigan

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Barbara Hougham Lanigan died peacefully at home on April 11, 2017, after a long period of declining health. She was the loving wife of 54 years of Albert W. Lanigan, who passed away in 2007. She was also the devoted mother of Janet F. Lanigan of Braintree, James W. Lanigan and his late wife Elizabeth "Betsy" of Houston, Texas; and Nana to Danielle McDonnell and her husband Stephen of Madison, Ala., Adam and Jake Lanigan of Knoxville, Tenn. In addition, she is survived by two beautiful great-grandchildren, Connor and Allison "Allie" McDonnell of Madison, Ala.; many nieces and nephews and their families, the mother of her grandchildren, Shelly Laska and her husband Scott of Knoxville, Tenn.; and her dear friends and neighbors for 20 years, Dawn and John Anagnos as well as their family. Barbara grew up in Brookline and graduated from Brookline High School. From there she went on to Fisher College, where she graduated after receiving a full scholarship to the secretarial school. Once married, she and her husband moved from Newton to Holbrook, where they began to put down roots in the community. Barbara was fortunate to be at home with her family during those early years. After a time, she went on to hold a variety of positions, working at a book distributorship, realtor, and then office manager. She finally retired as a receptionist from Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital. She and Al were very active in the town, volunteering at the food pantry among other things. Barbara loved reading and she was part of a group that started the "Friends of the Holbrook Library" where she held the treasurer's position for many years. She and Al were part of a large network of Holbrook couples that did everything together, whether attending community functions or taking trips around the country and boy did they have fun. However, Barbara's greatest joy was her family, especially her grandchildren for whom the sky was the limit. She was so thrilled to have become a great-grandmother. Her family will miss her wise intellect and calm demeanor as their family matriarch is finally at peace,no longer suffering from the physical ailments that diminished her life. Funeral services were private as she was laid to rest next to her husband at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.
Published in The Stoughton Journal from Mar. 28 to Apr. 6, 2018
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