HOPE — Barbara Ann “Barbie” Flaherty, 50, passed away Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at her home, peacefully in her sleep after a long battle with COPD and cancer. She always stayed strong and remained a fighter through all her struggles over the years.

Barbie was born Dec. 8, 1970, in Camden to Arthur and Judith Dinsmore. She grew up in West Rockport, attending Camden schools, and graduated from Adult Ed in 1991. She worked at many places over her younger years: Subway, Spotless Dry Cleaners, Windward Gardens and in private homes with the developmentally disabled. She took pride in all she did, but being a mom was her favorite, and not just to her own children. She loved and cared for so many. She loved everyone unconditionally, family or not.

Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy and speaking of and seeing them lit up her face. Barbie loved spending time with family and friends, baking, listening to music, lying out in the sun, driving barefoot and collecting Native dreamcatchers, and skulls. She was a spitfire and if you knew her, you knew that she gave meaning to “Dynamite comes in small packages.” Her smile and contagious laugh will never be forgotten. “There are lots of these friendly people showing me ways to go and I never want to lose their inspiration. Time for a cool change,” Little River Band.

She is survived by her father, Arthur, and his wife, Mae Dinsmore, of Searsport; brothers Arty Dinsmore of Searsmont, Andy Dinsmore of Washington and Aaron Scmidt of Searsport; children James Flaherty of South Thomaston and Nakeisha Flaherty of Thomaston. She was blessed to meet her two grandchildren, Scarlett and Ezekiel. Barbie also leaves behind a few she took under her wings over the years as her girls, Sheanna Robbins, Jenn Carballo and Steph Libby, all of Rockland; her companion, Keith Ludwig, of Hope; ex-husband and best friend Wayne Flaherty; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws she still considered family and all her friends.

She was predeceased by her mother Judith, ex-husband and friend Dalton Malmstrom, and her special cousin Robbie Dean.

Barbie’s family has chosen to remember her life at a later date.