Barbara Ann (Galvin) (Hughbanks) Butler, the beloved daughter of the late John & Elizabeth (Phalen) Galvin, passed away on July 7, 2020 at the age of 85. She was a sister of the late Robert, James, Beverly Buck, Elizabeth O’Connell, Judith Murphy & Edna May. Barbara is survived by her brother Jack Galvin of Akeley, MN and sisters Joyce O’Donnell of Fredericksburg, VA, Betsy Byrd of Goshen, Alabama and Alberta, Unknown.
She is survived by her children John Wayne Hughbanks (FL), Rosemary Kelley (Braintree, MA), Arleen Hitchcock (St. John, USVI), Josephine Aguiar (Waco,TX), Joseph & Kathy Butler (Bellingham, MA), Elizabeth & Ray Boucher (Phoenix, AZ). She is also survived by her grandchildren Jennifer, Melanie, Shannon, Dylan, Natalie, Nycole, Peter, Taylor, Tommy, Skye, Joseph Jr., Christoper, Danielle, John Jr., Jason, and Katie. She is also the great grandmother to 25+ Cherubs.
Beloved partner and second family of the late Annmarie Troy (Waltham,MA,) and her children Phillip (FL), LeAnn (Waltham, MA), and Susanne & Robert Burns (Holbrook MA.)
Barbara grew up in Boston. She and Annmarie raised their children in Jamaica Plain and later in Newton, MA. They also fostered many children while raising their own. Barbara was a resident of Braintree for more than 30 years, living at Logan Park. Recently, she moved to Hancock Park in Quincy.
Around the age of 45, Barbara earned her GED. She later went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts, Human Services in 1985 at UMass Boston where her favorite professor was Dr. John Strange, PhD. She was an avid computer geek, played Backgammon and Chess. She cherished knowledge and researched everything she could. Until losing her eyesight to Macular Degeneration, she often stayed up until all hours of the night indulging in board games or computer research.
Barbara survived a lot in her lifetime including polio as a child, lung cancer later in life, many near-death experiences, and a battle with Covid-19. She is greatly missed by her constant companions (great-grandsons Ryan(10), Nate (13), Leo (9), Jeremiah (5) all of Braintree, MA and her great-granddaughter JoJo (4) of Waco, TX) with whom she talked to almost daily.
Due to the current circumstances with Covid-19, services will be private and a celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please send contributions in Barbara’s name to The Perkins School for the Blind 175 N.Beacon St. Watertown, Ma. 02472 or to your favorite charity.
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