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Barbara Mary  Brett White

Barbara Mary Brett White
  • August 14, 1930 - February 6, 2017
  • Needham, Massachusetts

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1 of 9 | Posted by: Nicos and Teo

“I had the pleasure of knowing Barbara when I was a tennis pro at the Randolph Tennis Center in the 1970's. She was always good natured and a...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Howard Singer - FOXBOROUGH, MA

“To Barbara White's family -Barbara was a blessing to all who knew her. Her energy, her creativity and her kindness set an example that will continue...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Dana D. Ricciardi - Quincy, MA

“May her memory be eternal thinking of you my sympathy to all in her familykiki ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: kiki Bournakel - portland, ME

“Bob--With my deepest sympathy on the death of your beloved wife, Elinor Scholl ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“Betsey & Art Falvey express their sincere condolences. We will miss Barbara. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Arthur Falvey

“Dear Robbie,My thoughts and prayer's to you and your family, at this time.Barbara was a very special person,Love all the Galvins ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Peggy Galvin - Long Beach, CA

“To the White FamilyI am very saddened to hear about Barbara's passing. I have so many fond memories of her as a teenager growing up and going to...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Mary Markis - Chicago, IL

“RIP Aunt Barbara. We will miss you forever. Keep smilin'Love, Brad and Julie ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Brad White - Marshfield Hills


Barbara Mary Brett White
Barbara went to her heavenly reward on Monday evening, February 6th in Needham, Massachusetts. She passed peacefully with her devoted husband of 53 years, Robert White, and beloved son Robert White, Jr. by her side. She was 86 years old. Barbara was born on August 14, 1930 in Hartford, CT to the late Thomas and Julia Brett. Raised in West Hartford, Connecticut, Barbara attended St. Joseph's College (class of 1952) and received her Master's in Education (1960) at the University of Hartford. Shortly after completing her undergraduate degree, Barbara drove her beloved green Karmann Ghia to Denver, Colorado to begin a devoted career of teaching elementary school children and skiing high mountain descents. Barbara continued her westward adventures teaching in San Francisco before later returning home and ultimately settling in Boston. As a young teacher in the Newton Public Schools, Barbara met Robert White in the Sitzundjiber social club. Barbara and Robbie married in 1964 and began their life-long pursuit of raising four children and playing tennis, travelling and skiing. She and Robbie moved their young family to Milton, MA where they resided for over 40 years. Barbara balanced both a family life and her dedication to education. She supervised student teachers at Curry College, led parenting groups for new at-risk mothers, and tutored young students in need. She led generations of schoolchildren on historical tours of Milton, sharing her keen eye for the decorative arts and her passion for local history. Her love for all children was magnified with the gift of eight grandchildren who brought joy to her each day. She is remembered by many in the Milton community for her volunteer work at the Robert Forbes Museum and as a lay chaplain to the infirm. Barbara is survived by her brother Thomas Brett and wife Patricia of West Hartford, CT; her husband Robbie and their four children - Julie Watkins White and husband Todd Watkins of Washington, DC, Jennifer White Horowitz and husband Robert Horowitz of Mill Valley, CA, Sarah White Bournakel and husband Gadi Shamah of Kentfield, CA, and Robert White Jr. and wife Pilar Useche of Gainesville, FL; and grandchildren - Samara Watkins, Avery Watkins, Charlie Horowitz, Nicos Bournakel, Teo Shamah, Sofia White, Benjamin White, and Ana White. Visiting hours will be in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave, Needham on Friday, February 10th from 4-7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Church, 1360 Highland Ave, Needham on Saturday, February 11 at 10 AM. Interment to follow at Milton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Barbara's name may be made to Neighborhood Charter House School Foundation, 197 A Centre St., Dorchester, MA 02124. For obituary, directions or to share a memory of Barbara, please visit www.eatonfuneralhomes.com