Barbara Ann Filleul (1947 - 2015)

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Barbara Ann Filleul passed away peacefully Saturday, April 4, 2015, at CRVNA Hospice House in Concord. Born on Jan. 4, 1947, the daughter of Dorothy and George Filleul, her early years were spent in Grasmere and Goffstown, where she discovered her deep love of nature, spending hours exploring the area around her home.

Barbara was a graduate of Goffstown High School and the University of New Hampshire, where she majored in art history. She went on to earn a master's degree in counseling and worked as a psychotherapist in the Concord community before turning to a full-time career as an artist and art teacher.

An accomplished artist who explored many different styles, she excelled in print-making and painting. Her limitless humor, love of color, and her willingness to "live outside the lines" is reflected in her art, her teaching and her friendships.

She was a founding faculty member of Kimball Jenkins School of Art where she taught for many years, inspiring students of all ages and supporting the arts community in Concord and beyond.

Barbara had what she called "an intimate relationship with cancer for 20 years." She did not refer to it as a "courageous battle," but preferred to think of it as a "high maintenance friend who would not leave her alone." Early on she co-authored The Healing Handbook, a guide for others living with cancer. More recently she pioneered teaching about preparing for one's own death in lively small art groups and church retreats. Named "The Artful Exit???," the title made reference to the calm and balance she herself developed to exit life gracefully and fully prepared.

Barbara had deep faith and a passionate love of life. She wrote, "What a life! What a bountiful, beautiful, satisfying, creative life!"

Barbara is predeceased by her parents and her sisters, Mary Lou Trimbur and Nancy McDougall. She is survived by her beloved son, Adam Crawford; her brother, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. She will be sorely missed by her most recent Jack Russell trekking partner, Gunnar, and a large and diverse circle of friends.

A service in her memory will be held on Sunday, April 12 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 354 Main St., Hopkinton, followed by a reception at the church.

Family and friends thank the kindness of the Hospice House staff.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara's name to Kimball Jenkins School of Art, 266 N. Main St., Concord, or St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Hopkinton.

The Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in The Concord Monitor on Apr. 8, 2015