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Barbara A. (Owen) Tota

April 20, 1934 ~ May 1, 2021 (age 87)


Barbara A. (Owen) Tota, 87, a longtime resident of Natick died unexpectedly Saturday, May 1, 2021. Barbara was born in Nova Scotia, Canada the daughter of the late George & Frances Owen, and was the beloved wife of the late Robert J. Tota.

Raised and educated in New Brunswick, Canada, Barbara met and married Bob in her 20’s and settled in his hometown of Natick. Once her children grew older, she went to work for Shawmut bank ending her career as a branch manager. In her retirement, Barbara found happiness working as a bus monitor with Vanpool transporting special needs children to school.

Simply said, Barbara loved life. She was full of energy and was always there for everybody. She loved crafts and gardening, and was a member of the Red Hat Society.

Barbara is survived by her beloved children, Michael Tota & Patty Gaines of Framingham, Sylvia Kelley & her husband Paul of Framingham, Patty Morrow & her husband William of Framingham, and Paula Parks & her husband John of Natick, her adored grandchildren, Christina, Derick, Michael, and Shawn, her great granddaughter, Alyssa, her sister, Sylvia Horsman & her husband Earl, and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Barbara’s life by gathering for visiting hours in the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln St. Framingham on Wednesday, May 5th from 5-7pm. Her funeral services will be celebrated on Thursday morning in the funeral home at 10 o’clock.  Proper social distancing and mask wearing etiquette will be observed.  Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Barbara’s name to: Special Olympics Massachusetts, 512 Forest St, Marlborough, MA 01752, www.specialolympicsma.org.

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May 5, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home & Cremation Services
11 Lincoln Street
Framingham, MA 01702

Funeral Service
May 6, 2021

10:00 AM
McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home & Cremation Services
11 Lincoln Street
Framingham, MA 01702

Video is available for this event

Private Interment


Special Olympics of Massachusetts
512 Forest Street, Marlborough MA 01752
Tel: 1-508-485-0986
Web: http://www.specialolympicsma.org

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