Barbara L. Cress

August 29th, 2021

Barbara Lorraine (Boutwell/Donahue) Cress, 86, of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on August 16, 2021. Barbara was born on November 15, 1934, in Woburn, MA; she was the daughter of Arthur W. and Freda W. (Card) Boutwell.

Barbara was raised in Billerica, MA, and graduated from Howe High School. An avid homemaker, skilled seamstress, and well known for her culinary prowess, she founded and managed Party Time Caterers, for many years, while raising 5 children as a single mother. Following her marriage to George Cress she moved to Reading, MA, where she worked as an office manager and executive assistant at multiple companies.

Barbara retired to Mashpee, MA, where she was active in the Women’s Group of Christ the King Parish. Later in her retirement years, they moved to Northport, FL, where she was active in St. Maximillian Parish, Port Charlotte, FL; launched a successful cake decorating business; and won many awards for her gingerbread houses. In 2015, they returned to New England and resided in Tewksbury, MA, where she continued her creative and entrepreneurial spirit, by embroidering, knitting and crocheting a multitude of items. Shortly before the loss of her beloved husband, after nearly 50 years of marriage, Barbara moved to Wilmington, MA.

Barbara was predeceased by her parents and late husband George, and is survived by her five children: Kevin Donahue, of Mashpee, MA; Debra Donahue, of Billerica, MA; James Donahue and his wife, Cheryl, of Falmouth, MA; Dennis Donahue and his wife, Stephanie, of Wilmington, MA; and Edward Donahue and his wife, Andrea, of Dover, NH; and step-children: Michael Cress and his wife, Tina Gatto, of Tavares, FL; and Diana (Cress) Bryan and her husband, Reed of Davie, FL; grandchildren: Neal, Scott, Angela, Timothy, Rebecca, Elizabeth, David, Laura, Christopher, Callie, Benjamin, Brenna, Amanda, Rachel, Zacharie, Lindsay, Sophie, Kevin, Hunter, Brian, Tim and Tom; and 8 great-grandchildren.

A joint Funeral Mass for Barbara and George, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on October 1, 2021, at Christ the King Church in Mashpee, MA; followed by an interment ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at the Bourne National Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Barbara’s name may be made to Care Dimensions, Kaplan House, 75 Sylvan Street, B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.


2 Entries in Guest Book for “Barbara L. Cress”

  1. Laurel L (Honey)Navarro says:

    I wish to extend my condolences to my cousin Barbara’s entire Family

  2. Judith muise says:

    So sorry to hear about Cousin Barbara My condolences to the family

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