Barbara Oliver
Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home - Manchester
400 Main Street
Manchester, CT
Barbara Oliver, 77 of Bolton, passed away on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021.

Barbara was born in Manchester, daughter of the late Harold F. Leonard and Katherine M. Dietz. Barbara enjoyed trips to Cape Cod, Maine and New Hampshire. She loved going to church and when she was unable to go, she did church on TV. Family gatherings at home during the holidays and summer cookouts were always present at the Oliver's residence. Country/Western music was a big part of her life. One of her memorable trips was the trip to the Grand Ole Opry. Barbara was an avid collector of Holiday Barbie dolls and snow babies.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 56 years Kenneth M. Oliver; two daughters, Diane M. Oliver of Bolton, Laura A. Oliver of Manchester and her companion, Scott Fraleigh of Newington; three sisters, Beverly Lovell and her husband, Daniel of Lehigh Acres, Florida; Nancy Leonard-Gardiner and her husband, Ronald of East Hartford; Katherine Mrazik and her husband, Alan of Southbridge, Massachusetts; three grandchildren, Anthony Chevrette Jr. and his fiancée, Leah Roach of Long Beach, California; Alyssa Chevrette of Bolton; and Chandler Oliver and his companion Sarah Tucker of Bolton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Alzheimer's Dementia


Calling Hours will be held on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with burial to follow in St. James Cemetery, Broad Street, Manchester.

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Calling hours
5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home - Manchester
400 Main Street, Manchester, CT
Funeral service
Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home - Manchester
400 Main Street, Manchester, CT
St. James Cemetery
Broad Street, Manchester, CT
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Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home - Manchester
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I knew Barbara many years ago when we both worked in Manchester at Dr. Downes. It was a challenging job but the best part of it was having barber to work with. She always made the day better just by being in it. She really was a special lady. She often talked about her family, and there wasn´t anyone she loved more than them. I will be keeping you, and Barbara in my prayers. God bless you all
Maureen Madrak
November 24, 2021
Uncle Kenny, Diane and family, we´re so very sorry for your loss. Barbara will truly be missed. I´m so very grateful for all the memories my family was able to share. Diane your an amazing daughter for all the care you provided for your mom and dad. I love you all and I´m sending prayers your way. With love, Laurie, Caitlynne and Paul
Laurie Brainard
November 18, 2021
With deepest sympathy during your time of mourning.
Holmes Funeral Home - Manchester
November 16, 2021
Ken, Laura and Diane, I am so sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. I remember her as a warm and kind person, a loving mother and devoted sister. My thoughts are with your family.
Rose Frost
November 16, 2021
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