Barbara A. (Kelley) Anderson, a longtime
resident of Malden, passed away on Tuesday, Oct 25th,
in Peabody. Barbara was born in Malden in 1926, the youngest of
7 children of Walter and Molly Kelley. She grew up in Malden
and graduated from Malden High School with the Class of 1944.
In 1947, she married her sweetheart, Robert W. Anderson in the
Immaculate Conception Church in Malden, and the two settled down
to raise their family. The two shared nearly 15 years together
until Robert’s untimely passing in 1961.
Barbara began working at the Soldiers Home
in Chelsea, MA in 1965. She was the Assistant Treasurer there,
and continued working until her retirement in 1988. She also
worked as a Poll Worker for many years for the City of Malden.
After her retirement, she spent much of her free time with her
grandchildren and great grandchildren, helping her children with
She is survived by her children, Lillian
Sears and husband Duane Burbank of ME, Judith Randall and
husband Frank of Lynnfield, and Karen Anderson and husband James
Chiavelli of Malden, her grandchildren, Jay, Vicky,
Alexis, Rachael, Emily, and Maggie, her great grandchildren,
Nicole, Justin, Jordan, Skyler, Mazie, and Lenigha, and her
great- great-granddaughter, Lainey.
Barbara was preceded in death by her
husband Robert W. Anderson Sr, her son Robert W. Anderson Jr,
and her siblings, Mary Guaragna, Daniel Kelley, Rose Kelley,
Walter Kelley Jr, Richard Kelley, and James Kelley.
Visitation will be held at the
Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144 Salem St, Malden on
Friday, Oct 28th, from 4-8 PM, with a Prayer Service
at 7 PM. Barbara will be interred at a later date with her
husband in the Veterans Section of St. Peters Cemetery, Danbury,
In lieu of flowers, please consider a
donation in Barbara's memory to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation,
240 Lynnfield St. Peabody, MA 01906, which cared for
Barbara for the last several years.