Barbara Ruth (Estey) (Vosburgh) Mosher
The author of this obituary, Barbara R. Mosher, will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends.
Barbara Ruth (Estey) (Vosburgh) Mosher, 70, passed away on July 30, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Fort Fairfield, Maine, on Dec. 21, 1943, the daughter of Vincent "Randy" Estey and Mildred (Doughty) Estey.
Barbara graduated from Crosby High School in the Class of 1961. She attended Washington State Teachers College and Capitol Beauty School. She graduated from there in May, 1963. On June 29, 1963, she married Paul Vosburgh Jr. She was employed at George's Beauty Shop in Belfast before she and Paul moved to Tampa, Fla. She gave birth to two daughters, Kimberly and Melissa, in Florida before the family moved back to Belfast in 1968. She was employed as a secretary at Crosby Jr. High School in Belfast for many years. She worked as a bookkeeper at Cottles Supermarket and as a receptionist for Euclid Hanbury, M.D. She returned to MSAD 34 as secretary to the Superintendent of Schools. She moved on as the office manager and intake coordinator for 20 years at Midcoast Mental Health Center. Upon leaving this employment, she worked briefly at Atlantic Home Health as the office manager and then became a caretaker at a residential home for Coastal Workshop in Rockport. She also worked part-time for PALS as a caretaker/PCA for elderly people in Camden who enriched her life in many ways. She was a home provider for those who need shelter and a loving environment to allow them "to be all that they could be." Barbara grew with each care-taking job she pursued and felt that instead of becoming "the teacher," she gained more and more knowledge from them and eventually became the "student."
Barbara was devoted to her family and loved care-taking, gardening, bird watching and wildlife. Her family was her life. She was a loving, caring and involved parent to her daughters by being there for all of their life experiences. She was a Girl Scout leader for both daughters, attended all sports events and other extra-curriculum activities they were involved in, was a chaperone for the Shrine Circus, was with both girls on the exchange band trips out of state, whale watching trips and all other school-related activities. In 1978 she married John E. Mosher and spent 20 years raising her two daughters and three stepchildren Scott, Mark and Jeff Mosher. This also included her involvement with Belfast Little League for many years as the treasurer. She was involved in all activities her "boys and daughters" were involved with. Barbara's love of people and their well-being was intense. Her life was dedicated to making life easier for the unfortunate while loving her family and trying to make life more comfortable for all of those who touched her life. She grew in knowledge and love with each care-taking job she pursued.
Barbara was predeceased by both of her parents; one sibling Kenneth Estey; her loving daughter Melissa Vosburgh in 1983; stepmother Donna Estey; second mother Marjorie Butler, of Belfast; grandparents; numerous aunts; uncles; cousins and many loving friends.
Barbara is survived by her loving family; her daughter Kimberly Nardone and her husband Dennis, of Swanville; four grandchildren Blair Johnstone, of Belmont, Brooke Johnstone and her partner Dennis Ruel, of Windsor, Ryan Johnstone and his partner Amber Rogals, of Portland, and Tyler Johnstone, of Belfast; her siblings David Estey and his wife Karen, of Belfast, Cheryl Gilmore and her husband Kenneth, of Newport, and Alana Patrick of Ft. Myers, Fla. Her great-grandchildren were the other loves of her life, and she will miss them dearly; Zachary Bryant, of Belfast, Taylor Yeaton, of Belmont, Trinity and Jade Haber, of Belmont, Roman and Amelia Johnstone, of Portland; a step-granddaughter Jasmine Nardone and her children Autumn, Jacob and Chrysta. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins and friends. She is also survived by a wonderful friend of many years Jean Lawler, of Belfast, and many great friends at Belfast Birches. She is survived by loving friends for many years Stanley Butler, of Belfast, Marian Butler, of Monroe, and her husband Gary Skigen and their son Patric, Charles Vosburgh and his wife Marileuza, of Lee, Mass. Barbara wants to thank all of her survivors for being so loving and enriching her life for so many years!
Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Avenue, Belfast with Rev. Dr. Jinwoo Chin officiating. In lieu of flowers those who wish may make donations in Barbara's name to Knox County Humane Society 17 Buttermilk Ln, Thomaston, ME 04861 or to Midcoast Mental Healthcare 15 Midcoast Drive Belfast, ME 04915 . Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.ripostafh.com.