Barbara A. Aylward
RUMFORD -– Barbara A. Aylward, 82, of Raymond Street, passed away on Dec. 12, 2012 at her residence following a brief illness, in the company of her family.
She was born in Skowhegan on April 3, 1930, a daughter of John Frederick and Pearl (LeVasseur) Rice. Barbara was a graduate of Mexico High School Class of 1948.
Prior to starting her family, she was employed as a legal assistant at Personal Finance Co. After her children were grown, she was the owner operator of Ladies’ Choice.
Barbara was a homemaker who devoted her life to raising six wonderful children who took great pleasure in her Rumford home and camp at Roxbury Pond.
She loved family gatherings, dining out, gambling and sports, especially football. It’s a little known fact she has served the past 24 years as Mountain Valley’s football coaches personal consultant.
Surviving are her children, Michael R. Aylward and wife, Judy of Westboro, MA, Susan A. Jurgilas and husband, Frank of Harpswell, Sandra A. Mickeriz and husband, Mark of Wells, John P. Aylward and wife, Susan of Rumford, James F. Aylward and wife, Melissa Forbes of Jay, and Mary K. Wagner and husband, James of Berlin, NH; a sister, Catherine Taylor and husband, Arthur of Roxbury; 11 grandchildren, Sasha Jurgilas, Ian Jurgilas, Elizabeth LePisto, Laura Mickeriz, Kristen Giles, Brittany
Aylward, Natalie Aylward, Jesse Aylward, Samantha Aylward, Madeline Aylward and Connor Wagner; three great-grandchildren, Ryzen Mickeriz, and Jacob and Lola Cook; and two special nieces, Ellen Theriault and Rebecca Weston.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, F. Melvin Aylward; and a sister, Carolyn McCann.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Parish of the Holy Savior. Spring interment will be in St. John Cemetery. If so desired, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.