Beverly Jane (Barnard) Archambault, age 86, passed away peacefully at Bel Air Nursing Home in Goffstown, NH on December 24, 2018. She was born in Springfield, VT on May 24, 1932. As a lifelong musician, as the only oboist in the state at the age of 12, she was invited to join the high school All-State orchestra, where she played for 5 years. Bev married Raymond Archambault in 1955 after graduating from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and they settled in Massachusetts. She played her oboe in community orchestras and taught music in the Holliston school system for 12 years. She always found time to support her children in their activities, attending all of their school plays, concerts, and sporting events. After moving to Manchester, NH in 1980, she taught music throughout the school system for many years until her retirement. Later in life, she thoroughly enjoyed being a Nana to her many grandchildren.
Over the years she was active in her church choirs as a singer and a hand bell ringer. She enjoyed square dancing, bowling, traveling to Europe and was an expert knitter. She was so good at all kinds of puzzles and such an avid reader we wished she had been a contestant on Jeopardy or Millionaire. She loved flowers, birds, and all animals. She loved spending time at Lake Echo every summer and often reminisced about her childhood in Vermont.
She is survived by her four children, Beth (Rich) Jones, Anne (Bill) Mercier, Greg (Nancy) Archambault and Ellen (Jeanne) Archambault, ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, as well as her “sister” Patricia Graham, her beloved dentist and friend Jonathan Palazzo and traveling buddy Diana Holtshouser. She was predeceased by her parents, Leon and Pat (Burnham) Barnard and her brother and sister-in-law Bob & Annie Barnard.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 11th at 10am at Goodwin’s Funeral Home, 607 Chestnut Street, Manchester, NH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manchester Community Music School at mcmusicschool.org.
The family extends our heartfelt thanks to the dedicated staff of Bel Air Nursing Home for two years of loving care. Their wonderful nurses always treated our mother with the utmost respect and compassion as if she were a member of their own family.