Barbara V.'s Story

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Barbara V. Semple, 85, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Jackson County Memorial Hospital in Altus, Okla. Barbara was born on June 3, 1931, to George and Jane Guilford North at a British settlement in Gorakhpur, India. She was the youngest of four children. Barbara attended boarding school in the mountains of Mussoorie, India and would go on to receive what would be the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree from a study away program from Cambridge University.
Due to a job shortage in her hometown, when she was 18 she left by herself to go live in London where she worked as a secretary for many years. It was there that she met the love of her life, U.S. Air Force serviceman, James Semple and would spend the next 52 years together. With their daughters, they traveled throughout the United States and England. Upon James’s retirement from the U.S. Air Force they settled in Danvers Mass. Barbara held a variety of jobs throughout her travels, of which included a stay-at-home mother, a census taker, and a jewelry clerk.
Barbara and James loved being grandparents to their 4 grandchildren. She moved to Oklahoma to live with her daughter in 2015.
Barbara, while short in stature was large in personality, she was absolutely unforgettable to everyone who knew her. Barbara was a remarkable woman whose life was filled with love, and will be missed by all. Her legacy lives on in the many memories her family treasures.
Barbara is preceded into death by her parents, Jane and George, her siblings- Dudley, Patricia, and Jean, her husband James, and her infant son- James.
She is survived by her daughters, Cathy Dock and husband Stephen, and Jane Trott and husband, Delano, her four grandchildren- Melissa and partner, David, James, Carolyn, Catherine, and great-grandson, Jude. Also her special dog, Sunny.
There will be a graveside service for Barbara at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Danvers on June 24, at 1 p.m. Donations may be made to St Jude’s Hospital for Children (stjude.org) memoriam of Barbara. Assisting the family is the Mackey Funeral Home, Middleton, MA. see www.mackeyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  June 23, 2017
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