Derry, NH — Barbara Ann Yelland, 79, of Derry, passed on Sunday, December 29, 2013, at Pleasant Valley Nursing Care Center of Derry, after a period of declining health. She was born on April 7, 1934, in Methuen, Mass., and was the daughter of the late William and Doris (Fritzsche) Wallace. She was raised and educated in Lawrence, and had been a resident of Derry for the past 48 years.
Barbara was employed by the Derry School System for many years in various capacities, and retired from the Derry School Board after 18 years of service. She was a longtime member of the Derry PTA. She enjoyed crafts, including scrapbooking, was an accomplished seamstress, and loved to shop. She will forever be remembered as a “busy mother of five.”
Members of the family include four daughters, Susan Boucher of Salem, N.H., Kathi Watts of Dracut, Mass., Robin Saunders and her husband, Eugene, of Derry, and Patricia Yelland and her boyfriend, William Casey, of Derry; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her sister-in-law, Nancy Anderson of Running Springs, Calif. In 1982, she was predeceased by her beloved husband of 32 years, William E. Yelland; and by her son, William J. Yelland, in 1978.
ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours will be on Wednesday, January 1, from 2 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry, N.H. A liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, at 10 a.m., at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 26 Crystal Ave., Derry. Burial will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery of East Derry at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Compassionate Care Hospice, 25 Nashua Rd., Suite E4, Londonderry, NH 03053. To send a condolence, or for more information, please visit www.peabodyfuneralhome.com.