May 20, 1932 - November 27, 2016
Hanover, Massachusetts | Age 84
Barbara Barker Kent, of Hanover died on November 27, 2016. Barbara was born in
Needham, Massachusetts to Chester and Nina Underhill.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Dr. Wallace Kemp; son, Jeff Barker and wife Kate;
daughter, Holly Beneville and husband Tom; daughter, Libby Ritchie and husband Tom,
and five grandchildren, Margaret Beneville, Mark Ritchie, John Beneville,
Rebecca Ritchie and Caroline Beneville. She is also survived by her
brother, Gary Underhill and wife Pat; and brother, George Underhill and wife Diane.
along with 4 nieces and nephews. Barbara's second husband, H. Stuart
Barker and daughter, Alison Barker, predeceased her.
Barbara graduated from Needham High School in 1950, followed by study at the University
of Massachusetts, Amherst, (Bachelors) and Eastern Nazarene College, (Masters). Barbara and
Stu were married for 35 years. After moving to Hanover in 1964 they realized
their dream of renovating an antique house and raising their family there.
Following Stu's passing Barbara built a reproduction bow roof house that
she took great pride with.
In 2005, she married Wally ,enjoying eleven wonderful years together. They were often seen
holding hands as they walked to church or community events. Barbara was devoted to her family
and her example of always being willing to help others will be perpetuated by generations to
She was an elementary school teacher for over 40 years, primarily
teaching in Hanover from 1966-1994. She was a caring passionate teacher of
math and history who enriched the lives of hundreds of students. Barbara
was always friendly and inclusive, eager to welcome someone new to the
community and make them feel at home. She was a natural leader who took great
satisfaction in giving back to her town and was named Hanover Town
Historian for her knowledge and dedication. She was the second recipient of the
Spirit of Hanover award, co-authored two books on the history of the town,served
as president of the historic Stetson House in Hanover,was a board member of
the Hanover Historical Society as well as writing and directing original plays,
took students on guided bus tours that brought the history of their
town to life, and was the heart and soul of the Stetson House annual
Barbara was also an accomplished gardener who enjoyed opening her
home and gardens for Hanover House Tours. She was a member of the Hanover Garden
Club and was one of the original organizers of the successful fundraising
Hanover Plant Sale. Barbara was an active member of the First Congregational
Church of Hanover for 52 years. She will be dearly missed by her family,
many friends and former students.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday March 12, 2017 at the First Congregational Church in Hanover. Burial of her cremated remains will follow the service in the Hanover Center Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to Alzheimer's Association, alz.org, or The Friends of the Stetson House, P.O. Box 2064 Hanover, MA 02339.