MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA — Barbara Bullock (Walen) (Melvin) passed on to the comforting hands of the Lord during the afternoon of July 1st, 2012, while surrounded by family members who loved her dearly, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.
Barbara was born to Harriet and Sherman Walen in East Gloucester and was always proud to have hailed from "across the bridge"... Upon the death of her father, the family moved to Wenham where Barbara spent her teenage years before graduating from Beverly High School, Class of '30.
Barbara was the widow of the late great Wallace W. Melvin and the fondly-remembered Benjamin L. Bullock Jr., both of Manchester.
She is survived by by her loving and devoted son William W. Melvin and his wife Beverly of Manchester as well as four wonderful step-children; Mary Davis of Edmonds, WA., John Bullock of Manchester, Benjamin L. Bullock III and Gordon Bullock of Fitzwilliam, NH.
Barbara was the loving and caring grandmother of Tina Mulcahey and her partner Brad Dupuis of Wenham, William W. Melvin Jr. and his wife Beth Anne, of Gloucester, Johanna Rogers and her husband Rick of Islesboro, ME, Wallace W. Melvin of Baldwin, NY, Mark Hammond and his wife Nancy of Manchester and Peter Hammond of California.
She is survived by eighteen great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter as well as several nieces, all living in and around the North Shore.
Barbara was pre-deceased by her beautiful daughter Sandra Ryan (Melvin) (Hammond) and by her two sisters, Elizabeth Eyberse and Gertrude Mesquita.
Barbara was employed by the First National Store in Manchester for many years as well as by Hoopers' Grocery and Bullocks Market, both in Manchester.
She was a member of the First Parish Church Congregational in Manchester, a charter member and perennial powerhouse of the Manchester Cribbage League, and most importantly to many who knew her, an over-60-year friend of Bill W.
Barbara led a full life caring for those she loved, and our family has certainly lost, at least temporarily, our guiding light. ... May you go to Him now Barbara and live in His promised eternity forevermore.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Graveside Service will be held at the Rosedale Cemetery, School St., Manchester-by-the-Sea, on Friday at 11:30 A.M. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Memorial Donations may be made in Barbara’s Memory to the ALS Association, Massachusetts Chapter, 320 Norwood Park South, 2nd Floor, Norwood, MA 02062 or Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B102, Danvers, MA 01923. Arrangements by the Campbell-Lee, Moody Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.