Obituary for Barbara Laffey (Stevens)
HAMPDEN and NORTH BELGRADE – Barbara A. (Stevens) Laffey, 76, died July 24, 2017, surrounded by family, at a Bangor hospital. She was born June 15, 1941, in Waterville, the daughter of Stoddard and Margaret (Stevens) Stevens.
Barbara graduated from Williams High School in Oakland, Class of 1959. She then went on to attend Husson College, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education, Class of 1963. While attending Husson, she was active in the ETE Sorority. Barbara taught at Rockport High School, Old Town High School, Husson College, Beal College, United Technologies Center, and Eastern Maine Community College. During her teaching career, she also earned her MBA from Husson College, of which she was very proud. After retiring from education, Barbara continued employment at DHHS and Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center in Bangor, retiring in 2009. She was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. John’s Catholic Church of Bangor, participating on the Women’s Council, and the Current Events Club. She was also a member of Clara’s Girls.
In addition to her parents, Barbara is predeceased by a brother, Ronald Stevens, and parents-in-law, James H. and Barbara J. Laffey. Surviving in addition to her husband, Robert J. Laffey, of 52 years, is a daughter, Joan Laffey; a son, Paul Laffey and wife Kendra, and her parents, John and Charleen Hand; grandchildren, Kaycee and Charlee Laffey; sibilings, Elwood Stevens Sr. and wife Faye, Nancy Neighoff and husband Robert, Betty LaPointe and husband Albert, William Stevens and wife Peggi, Stoddard Stevens Jr. and wife Deborah, Cathy Matthews and husband Walter, Mary Chapman and husband Fred, Janice Jacques and husband Reginald, Oscar Stevens, Ormand Stevens, and Tammy Perkins; brother-in-law, Richard Laffey and wife Susan; and many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins; and close friends, Roberta Lynch, Linda McLoon, Julie Smith, and Pat Trask.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call 5-7 p.m., Thursday July 27, 2017, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, where a Funeral Liturgy outside of Mass will be held 1 p.m., Friday, July 28, 2017. Interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery, Bangor, immediately following the service. The family invites relatives and friends to share in conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center, St. Bangor, immediately following interment. Those who wish to remember Barbara in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Brewer Music Association, c/o Brewer High School Music Department, 79 Parkway South, Brewer, ME 04412, or the Belgrade Historical Society P.O. Box 36A, Belgrade, ME 04917. Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com