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Barbara F. (Webster) DeVita

February 19, 1931 ~ March 2, 2024 (age 93) 93 Years Old

Barbara DeVita Obituary

DeVita, Barbara F. (Webster), age 93, of Chelmsford, formerly a long-time Wilmington resident, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2024, from natural causes.  She has joined the love of her life, recently departed husband Francis L. "Frank" DeVita. Together they will be united forever in continuation of their 71 year long love for each other.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral on Thursday, March 7th at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt 62) Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m., immediately followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington, at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 6th, from 4-7 p.m.

Barbara Frances (Webster) DeVita was born in Cambridge, MA on February 19th, 1931, and raised in Somerville as one of 2 children of the late Louis F and Sarah “Eileen” (Lawson) Webster. A devoted mother of 3 children: Marianne & Jeff Rawson of Arlington, Frankie & Christel DeVita of Bolivia, NC and Carol & Joe Biondi of Townsend.  “Nana” of Melissa Rawson, Adrienne, Julienne & Josephine DeVita, and Aaron, Nicole & Justin Biondi.  Dear sister of the late John (Jack) and sister-in-law Marie Webster of Rumford, RI. Barbara is survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and their families.

Barbara’s father’s side (the Webster’s) go far back to colonial days, and Barbara was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. On her mother’s side, (the Lawson’s) were from New Brunswick Canada before moving to Maine where her mom Eileen met her father Louis. Opportunity brought her parents to Massachusetts where they raised Barbara and her older brother Jack. Her dad was gentle natured and worked in the wood veneer business while her mom was more outgoing and pioneered as a working-woman at Filene’s Basement. Together they molded good ethics and values that Barbara (and Frank) instilled upon their children, and the cycle continues today through their grandchildren.

Barbara graduated from Somerville High School in 1949. She followed with training in business school and then worked a few years for the Herald Traveler newspaper. Although often shy as a child, as she grew up she became more outgoing. She was very fortunate to have made many life-long friends from her younger years all throughout her wonderful life. At 22 she met her husband-to-be Frank on an impromptu blind date and the 2 soon fell in love forever thereafter. At 24 they married in ’55, and she continued to work while planning to raise a family on Lockwood Road in Wilmington. Barbara was a strong woman with a lot of will, perseverance and hope. She had experienced tremendous strife as her first pregnancies were unsuccessful, until the blessing of Marianne came in 1961. These challenges continued which lead to the adoption of Frankie and Carol. God was with Barbara and Frank in His own way, as the family of 5 was forever blessed to be together.

She was fortunate to be a full time mom until her youngest Carol was in 1st grade, when she went back to work for “mother’s-hours” at a local machine shop for many years while continuing to raise her family. Barbara spent her summers at the camp at Locke Lake in New Hampshire, with the kids all week where she would enjoy the many activities and friends that camp-life brought. Frank worked in MA during the week and would drive up to join the family on Wednesday nights and on weekends.

Barbara was very involved socially with many groups and organizations throughout her lifetime. Early on she bowled candlepins in a couple of woman’s leagues. She led girl scouts at the different levels and developed lasting friendships with other leaders and some of the other moms. She was involved with St. Thomas Church as a regular parishioner, then as an extraordinary minister, and later she volunteered her organizational services in the church office. Barbara (and Frank) enjoyed getting together often with their family and many friends. For years they had club night once a month with a group of 6 couples whom they met in their earlier days through the church. Over the years they enjoyed countless life experiences with family, relatives, neighbors, friends, Wilmington friends, TOPS folks, etc.

Barbara enjoyed knitting, and was good at making crochet afghans. She was also a good organizer, cleaner, and cook. Her family gathered at the table for meals which she would always prepare and serve. The family favorites were her delicious Italian dishes, which she had learned how to prepare from her Italian mother-in-law Luigina.

Besides being a devoted wife, mother, and friend, Barbara was a good teacher and leader. She often taught by example, and she was a good leader in the various organizations that she belonged to. She was admired by members of TOPS for her leadership roles including state coordinator. Barbara liked to travel, especially in her retirement years with Frank and with her various groups of friends and extended family. She really enjoyed going to the TOPS national conventions in different places where she would enjoy the recognition given to others for their accomplishments, as well as participating in the humorous skits.

Barbara, Mom, Nana, you will be missed dearly and will always be remembered for the many attributes that made you a special person. May you forever rest in peace together with your beloved Frank, in heaven, and in the hearts of those whom you leave behind.

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March 6, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Nichols Funeral Home
187 Middlesex Ave
Wilmington, MA 01887

Funeral Mass
March 7, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Thomas Church, Middlesex Ave, MA, Wilmington

March 7, 2024

12:00 PM
Wildwood Cemetery
233 Middlesex Ave.
Wilmington, MA 01887


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