Isabelle Ella “Beldie” <I>Barber</I> Quimby

Isabelle Ella “Beldie” Barber Quimby

Death 5 May 2013 (aged 91)
Burial Rochester, Strafford County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 113384789 · View Source
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On Jan. 3, 1922, chiropractor George Barber was told George by his wife's doctor that he had to make a choice on who he wanted to save: his wife Margaret or the unborn baby. Moments later, with both men present, Margaret delivered Isabelle. She was Margaret's only child. The Lord came down for Isabelle Barber Quimby on May 5, 2013. Isabelle grew up during the Depression, raising and selling rabbits as a child and holding part-time jobs during high school, where she played on the Rochester High basketball team and was a cheerleader. After graduation, she held a full-time job as a sales clerk and a weekend job making candy at the outbreak of WWII.

In 1941 she married the love of her life, Edward Harold Quimby, Jr., of Dover NH; and they raised three children. Those children grew up with a mother devoted to their public education and also their private education in music. Isabelle was the chauffeur to instructions in piano and dance. Between weekly trips their mother was their training sergeant, insisting on daily practice sessions. Beldie, as she was known to her friends, was active in the Republican party, a member of the Eastern Star, a bridge player at the Rochester Country Club, a U.S. Census worker, an avid downhill skier, Brownie and Girl Scout Leader, a member of the board of directors for Homemakers of Strafford County, and volunteer for many local charities. In 1964, after only 22 years of marriage, Edward died, and like George Barber before him, left his wife Beldie with no income and no means to generate one.

With three children in their teens to raise, Isabelle went to work. First she obtained her LPN certification from the New Hampshire Vocational Technical College with an intern-ship at Dover's Wentworth Douglas Hospital. Next, while working evenings as a nurse, she attended the University of New Hampshire, where she graduated (cum laude) with a degree in social work. She received her BS degree in 1973. Upon graduation Beldie got a much-deserved break when Vic Hammel called and asked if she wanted a job at Riverside Rest Home as a social worker. She accepted the job and created the first department of social services at Riverside and retired from that institution 20 years later at the age of 70. Beldie was the recipient of the Edna McKenna Award for Public Service to the residents of Strafford County.

During her Riverside years Beldie took up golf and joined a group of like-minded, golf-orientated friends called the HAKAS. Golf and skiing continued to be her leisure time passions for years. One of her best friends, Janie Fall, also a golfer, introduced Beldie to the Farmington Country Club where she became a member. Beldie also joined the Farmington Women's Club where she continued playing bridge. And she continued to travel to Barre VT during winter breaks, where she skied with "family."

Many will remember Beldie for her entries into the Rochester Fair's vegetable and flower arrangement competitions. Following in her mother's footsteps, Beldie always had a large flower and vegetable garden, and her oldest child Fred would hawk fresh veggies around the neighborhood during the summer. But after retirement she really took gardening seriously and enjoyed winning blue ribbon after blue ribbon for her flower arrangements. When her competitive spirit began to wane, she served as the liaison between the Rochester Fair Board of Directors and the regional nursing homes. Some will remember Beldie for her role in the Episcopal and later the Anglican Churches. She was active in fundraising for the Church of the Redeemer in Rochester where she also was on the alter and flower guild. She was also the organist at the Trinity Anglican Church in its early years. Whether it was singing in the choir, playing the organ, or participating in the rummage sales, Beldie was a devoted member of the church.

During the decades following her husband's death, she traveled with friends to South America and Mexico (with the MacQuarrie's), to Europe, North Africa, and the western U.S. (with her children), and throughout the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, and Australia (with her sister-in-law Nellie Quimby).

Isabelle was predeceased by her loving husband Edward Harold Quimby, Jr., her half-brother Daniel Barber, and her half-sister Helen Cutter. Beldie was also predeceased by a bevy of dogs including Scottish terriers, golden retrievers, a mongrel, a Siberian husky, and a shih tzu, all of whom she loved dearly.

She is survived by her son Fred Quimby (Cynthia) of New Durham NH; daughters Ann Kimball (Edward) of Yardley PA and Nancy Haseltine (George) of Rochester; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a number of cousins, nephews, and nieces including Cynthia Dore, with whom Beldie was especially close.

Obituary from R.M. Edgerly & Son Funeral Home, Rochester NH)

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Isabelle Ella “Beldie” Barber Quimby (3 Jan 1922–5 May 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 113384789, citing Rochester Cemetery, Rochester, Strafford County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by DogMama08 (contributor 47394092) .