Barbara J. Anderson

August 15, 1943August 30, 2011

Barbara Jean Anderson, a native of Groton, passed away on August 30, 2011, at Fairview Odd Fellows Home, in Groton. Born on August 15, 1943, she was the daughter of William B. and Claire Anderson. Barbara was a graduate of St. Bernard’s High School in New London and Shepard Gill School of Nursing in Boston, MA. She began her nursing career in the Boston area, then returned to Connecticut after her marriage, to continue nursing. She volunteered at many local organizations, she enjoyed her time at Eastern Point Beach with her friends, and loved watching “her” Red Sox. Barbara was a devoted, caring daughter, a great, dedicated Mom, and a wonderful, true friend to so many! She was a giver, always looking to do for the next person, even when her own health was a constant concern. Barbara was seen all over the area, with her boots and her walker, driving friends to and from their treatments, delivering food to those in need, and driving her friends to the airport. She never missed a birthday, anniversary or any occasion, without sending a card; or a card to let you know she was thinking about you and saying some prayers, when she knew it was a troubling time. Barbara was a devoted member of the Groton Congregational Church, where she was a Deacon. Barb had a smile for everyone she saw, and will be terribly missed by all who knew her. Barb leaves her son, Brian M. Gaudet, of Westerly, RI.; a son William B. Gaudet, of Barrington, RI; a daughter, Susan L. Anderson, of Waterford, CT, her constant caregiver; a granddaughter Abigail C. Kemble, of Barrington, RI, who brought her immense joy; and Willie, her wonderful black cat. She also leaves a brother, Barrie W. Anderson, and his wife, Isa, and her brother, Robert M. Anderson, and his wife, Nancy, many nieces and nephews and Barb’s former husband, Raymond A. Gaudet, of Westbrook, CT. Her parents predeceased her. A service will be held at the Groton Congregational Church, 162 Monument Street, Groton, on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 11 a.m. Visiting hours will be at the Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, at 181 Ocean Ave., New London, on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 from 2-4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please visit for photos, tributes, directions, and more service information. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barb’s name, to the Diabetes Association or the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation or a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Tuesday, September 6, 2011
  • Visitation Tuesday, September 6, 2011
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 7, 2011

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James and Trish Lee

April 22, 2012

We feel truly blessed to have known such a beautiful, kind-hearted soul. She will be greatly missed.

Phyllis and Gerald Cardini

March 27, 2012

We are so sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. She was such a special and unique friend. Despite all of her physical challenges, she always took time for others. She was a constant giver, a good listener, a good friend, and an amazing lady. God bless you, Barbara, we will miss you.

Linda and Michael Weise

September 29, 2011

Dear, Susan, Billy and Brian, We were so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was truly a one of a kind person. She had a way of making everyone who met her feel special. I loved working with and spending time with her. My husband and I have fond memories of Barbara spending time on our boat with us. It was an honor to know her. Our sympathy to your family.

Bonnie Blinderman Bruun

September 10, 2011

I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. If there is anything I can do to help you get through this time, please let me know.

September 9, 2011

Dear Suean,Bill and Brian,
We will surely miss Barbara's smile, her thoughtful words and all that love that was in her heart for all. She was an angel on earth.
Paul and Carol Shinn, Mystic, Ct.


September 9, 2011

It was an honor to take care of your mom in the Rehab Unit at L&M. I am sorry for your loss, she was an incredible lady.

Bethany Holly-Kosztala

September 8, 2011

Susan, Brian, Billy, Abby & Mr. Gaudet
Never in my life did I meet a more sincere, caring, compassionate woman than Barb. She was always so good to so many--I will never forget the ready smile, comforting hug and her wonderful sense of humor. We her knew her are lucky--she was truly one of a kind. May the memories of all the times spent with her help to comfort all of you. She is now our guardian angel, keeping all of us in line!
With much love and prayers,

laura fausset

September 8, 2011

Brian, I just wanted to say that you all arranged such a beautiful funeral for your Mom. Imagine how proud she was of all 3 of you and the closeness that you shared together. Love, Laura

Brian Gaudet

September 8, 2011

Mom I miss you soooooooo much!!!!!! Thanks for everything you taught me in life......I LOVE YOU!!!! LOVE ALWAYS YOUR ELDEST SON BRIAN....

September 8, 2011

Dear Barb, I will miss your indefatigable spirit. You always made me feel good despite your troubles. I enjoyed my time with you and heaven is a better place for your arrival. God Bless you.
From one of your nurses, Deb Moignard LPN