Barbara R. Knowles of Cushing died April 11, 2010.

She was 85 years old.

She was born in Springfield, Mass., on Feb. 9, 1925, daughter of William Floyd Roberts and Susan Bryan Roberts.

Barbara graduated from Classical High School in Springfield, Mass., and Pratt Institute of Brooklyn, N.Y., with a degree in advertising design. Following her graduation in 1946 she returned to Springfield where she was employed by a silk screen printing company until her 1948 marriage to Chester L. Knowles Jr., also of Springfield.

Mr. and Mrs. Knowles first resided in Chester, Mass., from whence he commuted to his engineering job with Monsanto Chemical Co. in Springfield. Thereafter, as the family grew to include four children and Chester’s job assignments progressed, they lived successively in Springfield, Mass., Rye, N.Y., Wilbraham, Mass., Chesterfield, Mo., and Norwalk, Conn. In 1986, her husband retired from Olin Corp. and the couple moved to Cushing.

Barbara’s full life included a career in real estate, family care, sailing, overseas travel, pursuing her hobby of painting in various media, and church, community, and health care volunteer work. After relocating to Cushing, she became involved with hospice and as a volunteer with the Farnsworth Art Museum.

She is survived by her husband, Chester of 62 years; their three children, Bryan and his wife, Karen, and their children, Sarah Knowles and John Knowles of Columbia, Mo., Amy Knowles of Thomaston, and Leslie Soyland and her husband, John, and their three children, John Soyland his wife, Diana, and their son Ayden, and Andy Soyland and Erik Soyland of Norwalk, Conn.; and her grandson, Scott Halihan of Concord, Calif.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Susan Halihan; and her grandson, William Knowles.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.

A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held Saturday, April 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the Cushing Historical Society building, 17 Hathorne Point Road in Cushing.

Interment will be in the family plot at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Cushing.