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Barbara M. Robishaw


Barbara M. Robishaw, 91, of Derby, Vermont, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2015 at her home.

She was born on November 23, 1923 in Ipswich, to the late  James and Hazel (Smith) McCormack. On July 11, 1942 she married Philip L. “Jo Jo” Robishaw who predeceased her. Mrs. Robishaw moved to Vermont in 1985 after JoJo retired.

She was past president of the Ladies Auxillary VFW Post 1093. She volunteered for many different causes, North Country Hospital, Old Stone House, and she was a caregiver for Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc . She was a member of the Garden Club, and she worked many years at the Ipswich Recreational Department. In her younger years she enjoyed boating, fishing, and going to the beach with Phil and the children.

She is survived by her children, Joe L. Robishaw of Derby, and Nancy B. Simmons and her husband Ronald of Beverly, twenty-six grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren; by her brothers, Richard McCormack and his wife Shirley of NH and James McCormack and his wife Kay of MA and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters Ruth Stackhouse and Maryann Lincoln.

Friends may call from 6-7 pm on Wednesday March 25, 2015 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, Vermont. Burial will take place on Friday March 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm in the Cowles Memorial  Cemetery in Ipswich. Visitation will precede interment from 1-2 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich on Friday.

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