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Barbara Louise (Lambert) DiFrancesco

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Barbara Louise (Lambert) DiFrancesco Obituary

An Angel on Earth

Barbara Louise (Lambert) DiFrancesco, 78, passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 19, 2015, at her home in Tularosa, New Mexico. She was a woman of strong faith, funny wit, and many accomplishments, and will be hugely missed by family and friends.

Survivors include her devoted and beloved husband, David DiFrancesco of the family home; stepson, David DiFrancesco, Jr. of Alamogordo, N.M.; three step-daughters, Shawna DiFrancesco of Bristol, R.I., Sharon Beach of V.A. and Linda Jean DiFrancesco of East Falmouth, M.A.; sister, Patricia Brown of Southwest Harbor, M.E.; two nephews, Adam (Nancy) Brown and Jason Brown (Mari); four great nephews, Josiah and Caleb Brown and Van Patrick and Malcolm Brown.

She was preceded in death by her mother and stepfather, Yvonne and Roland Rousseau and her father, Alfred Lambert who passed away when she was very young.

Barbara ("Barb") was born on April 26, 1937, in Berlin, New Hampshire, to Alfred and Yvonne Lambert. Who could have known that the little tomboy who lived on First Avenue in Berlin, would truly "see the world"? Always into books, if she wasn't a student, she was a teacher, a career she loved. Because of that, her life was always learning, a discovery, an adventure. She lived in various places at different stages in her life, including Maryknoll, New York, Walterboro, South Carolina, Brussels, Belgium, Kowac and Kabanga in Tanzania, East Africa, New York City, and Plymouth, New Hampshire, finally settling with husband Dave in Tularosa, New Mexico, along with their dog, Guido, and two Siamese cats, Ollie and Mollie.

"When I was a teenager, my dreams were to see Rome, live in Africa, and write a book." She did it all! Her 17-year career as a Maryknoll Sister took her many places. She received a B.S. in Education at Mary Rogers College in Ossining, New York. When she lived in Brussels, she studied at a pastoral center where she earned a degree in Pastoral Catechesis, which prepared her for the ministry she was involved with for a decade. Of the 17 years she served as a nun, five years of that time was spent in Africa, a humbling experience. When she left the Maryknoll Sisterhood, she lived in Boston and New York. She met Dave when he was stationed at Governor's Island in New York City. They fell in love and married in 1980. One of her accomplishments was becoming a Braille transcriber - she loved to Braille. She published her book in 1998 - His Window on the World: The Piscataqua and the Days of Hopley Yeaton. (Hopley Yeaton, 1740-1812, was the First Captain of the United States Coast Guard.) She volunteered by helping out at St. John's Food Pantry, and was a treasured member of P.E.O. Chapter BI, who will miss her dearly. Other hobbies included quilting, reading, tending to her flowers and herbs, and playing the piano. A woman of many talents and interests, she had a remarkable and wonderful life on earth.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to Maryknoll, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545.
Cremation has taken place and the family has entrusted her care to Alamogordo Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 4, 2016, at Alamogordo Funeral Home, located at 2301 1st St., Alamogordo, NM, with Deacon Mariano Melendrez of Tularosa officiating.
A reception will follow, hosted by P.E.O. Chapter BI.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 2 to Feb. 1, 2016
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