Barbara Bement Christensen at 91

On Thursday, July 22, 2021, Barbara Bement Christensen passed away peacefully from complications related to dementia. She had recently celebrated her 91st birthday.  She was born on July 9, 1930 in Hammond, Indiana to David Leslie and Sara Montague Bement.  She received her BA in English from Indiana University and married her high-school sweetheart, Lee Christensen. Together they raised 4 children, moving to Holliston in 1969 and then Franklin in 2001.

Barbara believed in being active in her community, and she belonged to many organizations including the Holliston Historical Society, Holliston Newcomers Club, Holliston Mystery Club, the Franklin Downtown Partnership, and the Chestnut Ridge Women’s Group. She served as a Holliston Park Commissioner from 1975 to 1981, and she served on the board of the Friends of Franklin Library. 

Barbara worked for many years at Holliston High School as a teacher’s aide helping special needs students. She enjoyed playing Contract Bridge in many different groups, including a Holliston-based women’s group for over 50 years. She loved to travel and was proud to have visited all 50 states and 17 European countries. 

She is survived by her four children: Douglas Bement Christensen (Kathleen), Carol Christensen Brown (W. Edgar), Amy Christensen Traugott (Joseph), and James Andrew Christensen. She was proud of her 9 grandchildren (Meredith, Erik, Courtney, Daniel, Adam, Christopher, Kevin, Molly, and Jennifer)  and 5 great-grandsons (Joshua, Nathan, Colton, Aiden and Jack).

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 30th from 4pm to 7pm at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St.  A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 31st at 9 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 708 Washington St, Holliston MA.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Alzheimer’s Association http://Alzheimer’s Association Donation.

Chesmore Funeral Home

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