Wood Funeral Home

16 Main St., Branchville, NJ


Barbara Ann Willis

October 9, 1927April 15, 2020

In loving memory of Barbara Willis, 92, who passed away surrounded by her loving family. She was born on October 9, 1927, in Haverstraw, NY, to Vera Reylea and Joseph Patrick Hughes. She later moved to Stony Point, NY, and graduated class of 1945 with eight other people.

She and her beloved husband, Wayne Willis, remained in Stony Point to live and raise a family. Even after his passing in 1970 she and her two daughters continued living there, where she was involved many years with the girl scouts. She loved to travel with all her single girlfriends. She finally retired as a school bus driver after 40 years.

In 1990 she moved to Massachusetts where she became involved with the Gardner Women’s Club and other senior activities, more travel and lots of family times.

In 2010 she relocated to Maine to live with her family, including her pride and joy grandsons Kiel, Justin and Travis and wife Kristen. Then she was over joyed to have great-grandchildren, Connor (9), Lily and Lila (4), and Scarlet (1).

She is survived by both her daughters, Piper husband Bob, Sherrie and husband Jud, and sister, Juliana Leach. Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Wayne, brothers, Ivan Victor and John Gary Young.

After cremation, she will be reunited with her husband in a private ceremony in the family plot in Haverstraw, NY.

A celebration of life is being planned for a later date in the year.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Barbara Ann Willis

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Melinda Young

April 26, 2020

I have so many fond memories of Barbara. She will be dearly missed. Will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers. Love You All.
Aaron,Mia, Matt and Bri

juliana leach

April 18, 2020

To my beloved sister Barbara and her loving excellent family. My many memories of growing up with my older sister include lots of spats as Barbara taught me good manners, sharing abundantly with me in spite of my rebellious, tomboy nature. Barbara took me with her on trips even on dates with her future husband Wayne. She was a generous, loving, refined, best sister anyone could ever have. I and my family will truly miss Barbara. We love you always.

James Leach

April 17, 2020

I am sad and will miss our Wonderful Aunt Barbara. My wife and children did not get to spend enough time with this great woman but they knew and loved her as I did because I spoke about her often, telling them what a fun, generous and amazingly tolerant person she was. I described a typical invasion by the Leach boys on many summer days. How we would stir the water above the sides of the pool and feed on all sorts of fresh fruits that grew on the property. I am sure we were pretty quiet. You will be missed but not forgotten Aunt Barbara and I know you will be in Heaven with Uncle Wayne because you were an Angel for us.

Mrs. Maria Formisano

April 17, 2020

Jill and Family
Please accept my sincerest condolences at the loss of your sister Barbara. I will keep your family in my prayers. With Sympathy and much love,
Maria Formisano

Caroline Deligny

April 17, 2020

We will cherish many fond memories of Aunt Barbara. She will be dearly missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! Love, Caroline and Jack Deligny and Family!

Peter and Dee Leach

April 17, 2020

We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of Aunt Barbara. May she be welcomed by the Holy Spirit with open arms and reunited with the family and friends who have gone before her. We will keep fond memories of her always, and remember you all in our thoughts and prayers. With love and sympathy, Peter and Dee Leach and Family


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