BUXTON – Barbara Moulton, 94, took her final breath on March 19, 2021 at her house surrounded by her three women and her devoted caregiver of pure causes. Most family and friends known as her, “Barbie” or “Ma.” She referred to herself as “Barb.”
Barbara was born in Gorham, daughter of Walter Younger and Edna (Kimball) Younger in 1927. Barbara attended faculties in Gorham. At 18 years previous, Barbara married Maurice Moulton. Barbara first met Mickey on the Saturday evening dances held on the Buxton Grange. They continued to go dancing on the grange for a lot of Saturday nights.
Barbara and Mickey took over the operation of Moulton’s Dairy Farm in 1960 after Mickey’s father died. Their daughter Susan and son-in-law Bruce began working alongside facet Barbara and Mickey as a part of the dairy operation within the early Seventies. Then within the Eighties the farm was transitioned to flowers and vegetable crops with haymaking throughout the summer time. They named the farm, Frugal Farmers at the moment. Barbara continued to hay for a few years, nicely into her 80s. Barbara knew the right way to make hay. She did the teddering, raking, and baling of the hay. For a lot of many years, baling hay was one in every of her favourite issues to do. When you have the chance to view the Backyard Women, they did a phase on Making Hay with Barbara Moulton.
Barbara additionally operated the bucket tractors with precision. Barbara had tons of widespread sense across the tools and the cows. Barbara glazed home windows, mounted water bowls, milked cows, unfold dressing, and did mild carpentry. Barbara was usually seen across the farm smoking her corncob pipe. She was a girl of many trades and skills.
Barbara liked working at Frugal Farmers being with household on a regular basis. She labored facet by facet together with her two granddaughters, Kim and Laura and her brother, Lonnie for a lot of hours over a 15-year timespan. Barbara’s favourite jobs have been transplanting, wiping produce, peeling onions, and weighing out luggage of inexperienced beans. Barbara mowed all of the lawns each at her house and at Frugal Farmers. She claimed that as her job. She mowed with the most effective John Deere garden tractor she may get. Many of the farm employees all known as her “Ma”. The boys who labored the farm and lots of of their associates tended to Ma within the fields and on the farm stand. They loved their lengthy hours and laborious work collectively. Barbara lived lengthy sufficient to see her great-granddaughter drive her very personal electrical John Deere gator. Barbara watched her great-grandchildren play on the farm, decide corn, watch geese, and gave them Gator rides. Working the farm with household was the enjoyment of her life.
Barbara had many pursuits. She loved taking good care of her garden, small flowerbeds and roses. She performed board video games, Chinese language Checkers, Parcheesi, Aggravation, playing cards principally 63, Canasta, Race Horse, and Bid Whist over the many years with many various woman family and friends. She was extremely aggressive significantly preferred profitable at these video games. She was the champion croquet participant all the time needing the blue ball and mallet. Barbara welcomed any competitor and reigned because the Croquet Champion for many years.
Barbara loved looking of her kitchen window to observe the birds come to her birdfeeders. She was significantly drawn to cardinals. She additionally preferred having a bobtail cat on the farm. Barbara had bob tail cats as a baby and that custom continued all of her life.
Barbara was an avid Crimson Sox fan and a fan of any crew who beat the Yankees. Barbara thought she would by no means see the Crimson Sox win the World Sequence. She remained a loyal fan via the drought years of no pennant. In 2004, Barbara’s dream of watching the Crimson Sox win the World Sequence occurred. She stated, “I by no means thought I might reside lengthy sufficient to see the Crimson Sox win.” Barbara was capable of watch them win three extra instances in 2007, 2013, and 2018 with a lot elation.
Her different sporting ardour was the Ladies’s NCAA Basketball. She didn’t have a favourite crew. Barbara adopted and admired Pat Summitt, Joanne McCallie, and Muffet McGraw who occur to be among the many most profitable and strongest coaches. And sure, she loved any crew who was capable of beat UConn.
Favourite TV station: Cowboy. Favourite coloration: Blue. Favourite tune: The Outdated Rugged Cross and the Large Inexperienced Tractor by Jason Aldean. Favourite tractor: John Deere with cab and a working radio. Favourite automotive: Quick. Favourite leisure automobile: John Deere Gator with dump physique.
Barbara was recognized to be a little bit of a prankster. April Idiot’s jokes have been a specialty of hers and carrying firecrackers within the jean’s pocket and letting them off unexpectedly. Barbara regarded ahead to the fireworks displayed on the Buxton Outdated Properties Days. On that evening, household and associates went up on the hill behind the greenhouses to observe the fireworks. Her firecrackers attended these outings. The grandsons, Chris and Ben, have been hopeful to let off a firecracker to scare Ma. That not often occurred. As soon as the solar went down, Barbara may shock anybody with a bang!
We might be remiss to not point out that she most popular solely Allen’s Espresso Brandy with Food regimen Pepsi. This drink is commonly referred as “the Barbie.” She loved smoking a pipe with apple or whiskey flavored tobacco. After an sickness of double pneumonia seven years in the past, the physician suggested her to give up smoking. She carved quick cigars and cigarettes from tree branches witling them together with her jackknife protecting a number of ones in her pockets. One other choice was her blue denims, solely five-pocket conventional traditional model would do. The extra occasions she may put on her blue denims the higher.
Barbara liked snowmobiling with the Sokokis Riders and lots of the members of the membership. Lengthy night rides round Buxton, Hollis, Gorham was nearly a day by day occasion. If there was snow on the bottom, the snowmobiles have been gassed up and off she went for hours. They usually rode midnight hours after milking cows and ending the barn chores. There are a lot of tales in regards to the native snowmobiling journeys. The membership was very social in these days. Barbara attended the out of doors winter picnics in addition to in a single day journeys to Rangeley.
In her youthful years, Barbara rode bikes. By way of the years, she superior to a three-wheeler for a short time then bought four-wheelers, all the time from Reynolds Motorsports. As she acquired into her 80s she stated she would want a John Deere Gator when she acquired previous. It appeared humorous how she talked about “when she acquired previous.” Barbara loved the windshield and roof of the gator, which meant she may simply get exterior on wet days. Final summer time, she was nonetheless capable of get out and in the gator by sheer willpower. Granted she wanted a picket step and an individual to make sure she was regular. She loved simply sitting within the Gator within the driveway. Whereas sitting there she would pull out her picket smoke. That Gator appeared to be key in her feeling of independence.
As a baby dwelling on Flaggy Meadow Highway, Barbara lived on a dairy farm. She liked horseback driving particularly if the horse was quick. Barbara labored to earn cash for her first bicycle by sawing firewood on a two-person bucksaw. Her mom taught her the right way to cook dinner, bake, sew, and different homemaking abilities. Apart from cooking and baking, she didn’t take to the indoor chores. Clearly, Barbara needed to be exterior working and enjoying.
In 2011, Barbara was introduced with a Certificates of Appreciation in recognition of her contribution to agriculture in York County from the York County Agricultural Affiliation on the Acton Fairgrounds.
Apart from her dad and mom, Barbara is predeceased by her husband, Mickey, who handed away in 1998; sisters, Janet Bridges and Louise Belyea, brothers, Carl Younger, Earle Younger, Philip Younger and Carroll Younger.
Barbara is survived by her three daughters, Maureen Burns and her husband Michael of Buxton, Susan Richards and her husband Bruce of Buxton, Audrey Morgan and her husband William Richards of Waterboro; and her youthful brother, Lawrence “Lonnie” Younger and his spouse Sylvia of Buxton, two sisters-in-law, Charlotte Younger of Newburgh and Reta Younger of Gorham; grandchildren, Christopher Richards and his spouse Suzanne of Poland Spring and presently Canada, Kimberly Chapman and her husband Aaron of Buxton, Benjamin Richards and Jasmine Langlois of Lewiston, Laura Berard and her husband Jordan of Acton; seven great-grandchildren, Jacob, Lily, Ethan, Olivia, Landon, Alison, and Henry. There are a lot of nieces and nephews with whom she had good instances and particular moments.
Attributable to COVID precautions, Barbara was saddened by not seeing family and friends on the farm stand and having guests cease in at her home to see her.
Barbara remarked earlier than her passing that she had life. She needed to reside longer than 94 as a result of she loved dwelling. She liked the individuals round her and getting out on the Gator.
A particular thanks for the assist and care to Dr. Donald Yorkey who remained Barbara’s doctor when he semi-retired. Dr. Yorkey gained an understanding of this complicated and joyful woman. The household is extraordinarily appreciative of his dedication to her well-being.
Additionally, thanks to the nurses at Northern Lights Visiting Nurses and Northern Lights Hospice who cared for her emotionally and bodily.
Barbara’s three daughters relied on her devoted caregiver – Maria Vance who made it potential for Barbara to be cared for at house. Maria gave encouragement, love, and prayers to us all. Maria and Barbara grew to become trusted associates throughout the care that Barbara wanted up to now yr. The belief allowed Maria to offer Barbara the most effective care. Maria gave her daughters lot of encouragement that they may give excellent care day after day. As a crew dedication, Barbara’s want to be at house till her final breath was completed.
Preparations have been entrusted to Chad E. Poitras Cremation and Funeral Service, 498 Lengthy Plains Rd., Buxton. Celebration and burial will observe in the summertime on the farm. On-line condolence messages are welcomed and will be submitted at http://www.mainefuneral.com.
It appears fairly becoming the Buxton Hearth obtain donations in her honor since they got here to the farm on a number of events to fires that Barbara accidently began together with her tractor and the Gator. She remembered setting the comb pile on hearth when the exhaust pipe acquired too near the dry brush and hay final Might! This was throughout COVID precautions. For the reason that injury was already executed, Barbara made the most effective of the state of affairs and loved the arrival of fireside vans and firemen watching from the seat of her Gator.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions could also be made to the
Buxton Hearth/Rescue Division
185 Portland Rd.,
Buxton, ME 04093
or to the
Mission Funds @ Northern Lights House and Hospice
P.O. Field 931
Bangor, ME 04402