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“It is with our deepest sympathy that we just heard of Barbara's passing. Growing up at the 'settlement' and being friends with Barbara; we have...Read More »
1 of 34 | Posted by: Diane (Johnson) Swartz - Randolph, MA

“To Joe and family. Tom & I were so sorry to hear about the loss of Barbara. Shocked, at such a young age. She truly was a wonderful, kind and...Read More »
2 of 34 | Posted by: Tom & Claire Langdon - Marshfield, MA

“Dear Joe, and boys: We are so sorry about Barbara's passing, especially since it was not possible for us to be there with you. We have so many...Read More »
3 of 34 | Posted by: Jane and Bob Paquette - RI

“My deepest condolences to Mrs. Ward's family and friends. Mrs. Ward was my Gym teacher at the Ohrenberger Elementary School for 6 years. She was so...Read More »
4 of 34 | Posted by: Ryan Green - London

“Our lives were touched by Barbara in Boulder City, NV. We are blessed to be friends with her sister Anne. When Barb, Sally and Joe would come out,...Read More »
5 of 34 | Posted by: The Feeney Family - Boulder City, NV

“Ms. Ward was my first gym teacher at the Ohrenberger. I was very sad to hear of her passing. To her family, my sincere sympathy is with you all in...Read More »
6 of 34 | Posted by: Allyssa Kiser - Atlanta, GA

“Thanks Barbara for starting a women's softball team for all the old bunch that hung together as teenagers. Joe and kids you are in our thoughts and...Read More »
7 of 34 | Posted by: Bob & Peppy Lynch - West Yarmouth, MA

“The good old days with you coaching English High Girls Softball. Grace (West Roxbury Softball Coach) ”
8 of 34 | Posted by: Grace V. Diggs - Roxbury, MA

“Barbara Ward was a great teacher and a great coach. I remember running around the track as warm ups and being exhausted before practice. I try to...Read More »
9 of 34 | Posted by: Eunice Torres - Malden, MA

“To the Ward and Baxter families,to express anything more than has already been stated, would be redundant and yet for Barbara not nearly enough.Thank...Read More »
10 of 34 | Posted by: jeff moreno - Natick, MA

“Joe, We were so sorry to hear of your loss. I am so glad we got to visit with you and Barbara this past March at Annie's in Fla. Barbara was such a...Read More »
11 of 34 | Posted by: Terri & Steve Forde - Westford, MA

“My sincere condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the Ward/Baxter family. Many fond memories of Barbara growing-up in the old...Read More »
12 of 34 | Posted by: Rosie (Grady) Connors - Naples, FL

“Mrs Ward was an insiration to many students especially disadvantaged city youth. She displayed such a caring and grace and encouraged all to do there...Read More »
13 of 34 | Posted by: Karen Green - Roslindale, MA

“Our paths have crossed through the years, engagement party, wedding and birthday parties at the Murphys in RI. My thoughts and prayers are with all...Read More »
14 of 34 | Posted by: melissa (murphy)foster - gray, ME

“Thanks for the memories over a few short years - though short in time they were long in quality and quantity - from the blue of the ocean to the...Read More »
15 of 34 | Posted by: Jim Breau - Reading, MA

“Baxter/Ward Family I was greatly honored to have met Barbara in high school.We met thru sports of which she loved, we became instant friends....Read More »
16 of 34 | Posted by: Brenda Moran - Walpole, MA

“Boys, Deeply sorrowed by the loss of Barbara, she was always a courageous woman. May God bless her and grant you all peace. Chris & Barbara ”
17 of 34 | Posted by: Chris & Barbara Merrick - MA

“I must say the world is a much smaller place with out Aunt Barbara in it, so many memories, the Chalet, trying to help me learn to swim and skate,...Read More »
18 of 34 | Posted by: Kimberly Sweeney - Natick, MA

“sorry i cant be with you. sending you my heartfelt thoughts and deepest sympathies. annette and family. ”
19 of 34 | Posted by: annette parker - chestnut hill, MA

“Please accept my heart felt sympathy. ”
20 of 34 | Posted by: Pam Frank - Boulder City, NV

“Joe,Joe,Brendan and James, Debbie and I and the boys are so sorry for your loss. I don't have to tell you how sorry we are. I love you Barbara, but...Read More »
21 of 34 | Posted by: Nick Inchierca - Chestnuthill, MA

“So sorry for your loss, i am so glad i saw Barbara not to long ago. Warm thoughts...Billy ”
22 of 34 | Posted by: WILLIAM JONES, JR. - HOLLYWOOD, FL

“We are very sad to hear about the passing of our Coach Barbara Ward. She was an amazing softball coach. I will always remember her positive energy...Read More »
23 of 34 | Posted by: Jessica Santana and Daysa Santana - MA

“When I was young, Barbara was one of the few people to instill belief into my world. Never mind that she was a woman coaching a game dictated mostly...Read More »
24 of 34 | Posted by: Danny Kanamori - New York, NY

“Dear Joe,Joseph,Brendan,James and family, My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this very sad time.I admire Barbara's courage and her...Read More »
25 of 34 | Posted by: Linda Totten - Quincy, MA

“We will always remember Aunt Barbara as fun loving, energetic and full of life. She had such a vibrant spirit. We are blessed to have had her in...Read More »
26 of 34 | Posted by: The Beauregard Family - RI

“Dear Joe, Anne, John, Sally & family, Our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your loving and beautiful wife, sister and mother. We were shocked...Read More »
27 of 34 | Posted by: John & Kathy Lynch - West Roxbury, MA

“I am heartbroken to learn of the death of my dear friend, Barbara. She was such a positive, up-beat, outstanding person. She was full of life,...Read More »
28 of 34 | Posted by: Nancy Piscatelli - N. Falmouth, MA

“Joe and Family, I will always remember Barbara as an outstanding teacher, coach, colleague and friend. She was person who counted and could be...Read More »
29 of 34 | Posted by: Cheryl Lebenson - Cambridge, MA

“To Joe, your sons and all members of the Ward & Baxter families: Barbara was one of a kind. She was a tremendous athlete but a far greater human...Read More »
30 of 34 | Posted by: Jerry Quinn - Lutherville, MD

“Joe, Peter and I send our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Barbara. She will be misssed by all who knew her. ”
31 of 34 | Posted by: Peter and Betsy Brennan - Naples, FL

“dear joe and family, my deepest sympathy to you on the passing of my dear friend babs. she will surely be missed and loved always. sincerely,...Read More »
32 of 34 | Posted by: claire mcadams - boulder city, NV

“There are not enough words to express my deepest sympathy to the Baxter-Ward families on the passing of your Barbara. Barbara fulfilled her dreams...Read More »
33 of 34 | Posted by: Sue Quinn MacAdam - W. Yarmouth, MA

“Deepest sympathy for your loss of your beautiful Wife, Mother, Sister, Sister-in-Law, Aunt, and friend to all who came to know Barbara. She will be...Read More »
34 of 34 | Posted by: celine Mahoney - quincy, MA


WARD, Barbara F. (Baxter). Entered into eternal rest surrounded by her family on August 14, 2012. Beloved wife of Joseph G. Ward, Jr. Loving mother of Joseph G. Ward, III of Boston, Brendan B. Ward of Chestnut Hill and James J. Ward of Boston. Devoted daughter of the late James J. and Mary S. "Sally" (Gardner) Baxter. Dear sister of Anne K. Baxter of Boulder City, NV., John J. Baxter and wife Barbara of West Roxbury, Sally Connors and husband Paul of Canton and the late Ronnie Baxter Smith. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Bell-O'Dea Funeral Home, 376 Washington St., BROOKLINE Saturday morning at 9:10 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Lawrence Church, Chestnut Hill at 10:00. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours in the funeral home on Friday from 4 – 8. Interment Walnut Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund, www.jimmyfund.org. Retired Teacher Boston Public Schools where she taught for 34 years primarily at The English High School and the Ohrenberger Elementary School in West Roxbury. As a standout athlete Barbara was inducted into The English High Hall of Fame in 2000, the Brookline High School Athletic Hall of Fame 2003 and the New England Women's Hall of Fame 2010. She was well known in Brookline and Boston for mentoring of young athletes, and she was a coach to many champions.