On Thursday, April 16, Barbara Wilbur, 77, put on her square dancing shoes and promenaded up to her own special Heaven, which is full of butterscotch crunch ice cream, the laughter of grandchildren and good friends.

Barb dedicated her life to helping others. Born in Portland, she grew up on her parents, Harvey H. and Elizabeth (Cole) Simonton’s, dairy farm in Rockport, graduating from Rockport High School and later the Eastern Maine General Hospital School of Nursing in 1963.

Thus, began her career as a nurse, care giver, and tireless, incisive patient and community advocate, caring for patients first at Camden Community Hospital/Pen Bay Medical Center and later as a home health nurse, all the while raising her boys with love and laughter.

After retiring, she remained engaged in a variety of patient and public health advocacy organizations, providing grounded guidance and wisdom to policy makers and healthcare organizations alike.

Later in life, with her husband, Gene, she became an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sangerville and Dover Foxcroft, where she galvanized a small army of dedicated community members to expand the church Food Cupboard.

Embracing a community of like-minded, passionate volunteers, she built relationships with state-wide food support networks, expanded food storage capabilities, and greatly increased the Food Cupboard’s capacity to serve the needs of people in the Sangerville and Dover Foxcroft community. A true labor of love, the Food Cupboard was a source of fulfillment, intellectual challenge, and pride. She was grateful to the many friends who joined her in this effort.

Above all, Barb was a fun-loving, intelligent, and deeply compassionate person who loved to laugh, loved to dance, loved music and bright colors, loved good food (especially dessert!), and loved her boys. She was a talented braider of wool rugs, a knitter of perfect little boy mittens and was always reading something good.

Barb/Gramma’s house was a place where grandsons could be rambunctious and muddy, where the cookie jar was always full, where Easter eggs were full of treasures and where no one was allowed in or out without a big, soft hug.

Barb was pre-deceased by her husband, Ed Greenwood, in 1998; sister Carol May Rouse in 1993; and granddaughter Ava Patstone in 2007.

She will be missed by her husband Gene Wilbur; sons Todd and Christopher Patstone; daughters-in-law Andy Patstone and Tracy Adamski; grandsons Simon, Nathan and Adam; niece and nephew Mary-Anne Rouse and MSgt. William Rouse, and countless friends.

Her family will be forever grateful to Gerry Hutcheson for her friendship to Barb and her expert support at the end of her life.

A celebration of life will be held when friends and family can gather safely. In lieu of flowers, send donations to either the UU Church Food Cupboard, P.O. Box 9, Sangerville, ME 04479 or to the Simonton Corner Community Association, c/o Legacy Rockport, P.O. Box 10, Rockport, ME 04856.