Barbara Carrie (Lamb) Goodchild, 97, of Newtonville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 2, 2018 surrounded by family.
Barbara was born August 30, 1920 in Littleton, NH to Ralph Brackett and Hazel Pauline (Elliott) Lamb.
As an infant, her family moved to Sace, Maine. Educated in the Saco Schools, she graduated from Thornton Academy in 1938. Following graduation, Barbara went to work to help her widowed mother support her 3 younger siblings.
Following WWII, Barbara married her high school sweetheart, James Carleton Goodchild in 1946. After his graduation from Tufts Dental School in 1950, they settled and raised their family in Newtonville, MA. They were married for 64 years until his death, at 90, in 2010.
Barbara worked for 30 years for Shawmut/Fleet Bank in the Newtonville and Nonantum branches as head teller. A very social person, she enjoyed the customer interaction of being a teller.
Barbara had deep New England roots. Most of her family tree reaches back to Newton England’s Great Migration, 1620-1640.
She was a Mayflower descendant. Her 9th great grandparents were William and Susanna White. Susanna gave birth, abord ship, to Peregrine White one month after the Mayflower anchored in Plymouth Harbor. Peregrine White was the first child born in New England.
The Lamb line goes back to Thomas Lamb who arrived with the Winthrop Fleet whose passengers settled Boston in 1630.
Barbara’s 7th great grandfather, Anthony Brackett, arrived on the first ship to settle Portsmouth, NH in 1623.
Through Barbara’s mother, a direct line goes to the Henry Adams family which produced Presidents John and John Quincy Adams.
Many other great grandparents were among the first families establishing New England towns from Portland, Maine to Block Island, RI.
Barbara was a past president of Newton North Little League. She loved to dance, read and spend time at the beach.
Barbara was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her sisters Marion and Patricia and brother Mickey. She is survived by her sister Jaqueline of California, her sons Dana of Medway, MA and Dale of Dartmouth, MA, her daughter-in-law Janice and many nieces and nephews.
Barbara had a long life and will be greatly missed.
Services were private. Come Spring, her ashes will be scattered among her favorite places.