Barbara Cottle Child died peacefully on March 3, 2019 at the home of her son’s and daughter-in-law's in Memphis Tennessee.
Barbara was born on October 27, 1925 in Winchester Massachusetts to Lemyra West Cottle and Fred Raymond Cottle. She grew up in Lambert's Cove and graduated from Tisbury High School in 1941. Barbara attended Vesper George School of Art graduating in 1942. Upon graduation, she returned to Martha's Vineyard where she worked for Van Riper's Ship Model and Mosher Photo where she met Edward Child. Barbara and Ed were married at the Lambert's Cove Church on June 23, 1946.
Barbara and her husband moved to Troy, New York while Ed attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Upon Ed's graduation they purchased a farm in Westfield MA and farmed for several years before returning to Barbara's beloved Lambert's Cove where they raised their three sons.
Barbara loved her community and was an active member of the D.A.R., Martha's Vineyard Antiques Club, Martha's Vineyard Doll Club and secretary for the Martha's Vineyard Community Services Board of Directors. Barbara was an original member of the West Tisbury Planning Board. She also worked for Greene's Hillside Farm and Florist as a floral designer as well as the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore. After her retirement she continued working for Joan Merry designing and arranging wedding flowers which she enjoyed well into her 80's.
Barbara returned to school in her 70's earning an Associate’s Degree in Psychology while working for The United Way of Hartford.
Barbara and Ed spent over 30 years as volunteers for the American Red Cross. Ed drove an ERV during the aftermath of 9/11 with Barbara working alongside him. Their missions included trips to Puerto Rico and Tennessee helping with the aftermath of natural disasters. She and Ed drove their camper on four pleasure trips to Alaska. They traveled to France as well. They both enjoyed the adventure of travel and the opportunity to meet new people. Barbara's greatest love however remained her beloved Lambert's Cove where she spent her childhood and adulthood monitoring the water, flora and fauna.
Barbara was predeceased by her husband Edward S. Child, her brother Edmund C. Cottle and her sister Jane Cottle Baker. She leaves behind her three sons, Henry T. (Hal) Child, Clinton R. Child and Kenneth T. Child, her daughters' in law Karen J. Child and Tanya Child; her grandchildren Brandon West Child, Morgan Child, Jesse Child, Bess Child, Carissa Child and Hayden Child as well as great grandchildren Aiden, Mason and Camilla Child.
A graveside service will take place at Lambert's Cove Cemetery on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 1:00p.m. followed by a reception for family and friends at the home of Ken Child on Holmes Hole Mail Rd. in West Tisbury.
Donations may be made in her memory to the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, 111 Edgartown Rd, or Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, PO Box 1748, both in Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.