OBITUARY

Barbara Marie Libby

January 30, 1933May 4, 2018
Play Tribute Movie

Gorham – Rev. Barbara Marie Libby, 85 went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 4, 2018 with her family at her side. Barbara was born in Westbrook on January 30, 1933 to Irenee Bernier and Evelyn Farr. She was the oldest of six children and attended Westbrook schools. In June of 1949, she married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Percy O. Libby, Jr., and their love continued for over five decades. They resided in Westbrook where they raised their family of five children. During this time, she owned and operated Barb’s Beauty Shop until building a new home and moving to Gorham in 1972. Barbara enjoyed many different past times including knitting club, ceramics, competitive dog obedience trials, cross-country skiing, scrapbooking and traveling, especially to the Amish country in Pennsylvania and the local county fairs. She especially enjoyed hosting her family, friends and church members at her backyard pool. Barbeques, homemade ice cream, horseshoes, late evening chats and sing along were common. Barbara was a talented singer and musician and would often play the accordion and organ as all sang along. Rev. Libby utilized her musical talents early on as an organist at The Westbrook Assembly of God and sang in a quartet traveling to other churches alongside her husband. She felt the call of God on her life to become a minister and was ordained by the Deliverance Bible Institute in 1981. She continued her education through the Christian Life School of Theology and acquired her Master in Divinity in 2004, her Doctorate in Ministry in 2005 and her Doctorate in Theology in 2008. In 1981, Rev. Libby and her husband founded The Lighthouse Christian Center and began their ministry in a one-room schoolhouse in Gorham, later moving to Westbrook holding services at The Saccarappa Grange Hall. In 1984, they purchased property on Spring Street in Westbrook and started construction on a new church building, which was completed in November of 1986. She relied on her faith in God to provide the resources, donations and the labor and time of others to build the church. She called the church “God’s miracle on Spring Street” as it was completed debt free. Part of her life’s work as a minister showcased her epic talent as an author and narrator. The sermons she delivered could leave you laughing or bring you to tears as she commanded the Sunday pulpit like no other 4’-10” pastor could. She was passionate and devoted to God, the church and its people. She was known for her integrity, faithfulness and love for the Lord and family. Barbara is predeceased by her beloved husband, Percy Libby, Jr., daughter Carol Ann and sisters Jeannette Bernier and Joanne Waters. She is survived by daughter Linda Wilson, son Gary and wife Angelina, son David and wife Cheryl, son Mark and wife Moay, 13 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Patricia Sawyer and brothers Robert Bernier and Donald Bernier. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Lighthouse Christian Center, 636 Spring Street, Westbrook, Maine 04092. A special thank you to the nursing and administration staff at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House for their wonderful and compassionate care of Barbara Marie Libby. Friends and family are invited to attend a time of visitation on Thursday evening May 10, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home 199 Woodford St. Portland, Maine. A funeral service will be celebrated on Friday May 11, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. in the Lighthouse Christian Center 636 Spring St. Westbrook, Maine. Interment will immediately follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Westbrook, Maine. On-line condolences can be given to the family at www.jonesrichandbarnes.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Percy Libby Jr, Husband
  • Carol Ann ., Daughter
  • Jeannette Bernier, Sister
  • Joanne Waters, Sister
  • Linda Wilson, Daughter
  • Gary Libby, Son
  • Angelina Wilson, Daughter-in-law
  • David Libby, Son
  • Cheryl Libby, Daughter-in-law
  • Mark Libby, Son
  • Moay Libby, Daughter-in-law
  • Patricia Sawyer, Sister
  • Robert Bernier, Brother
  • Donald Bernier, Brother

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 11, 2018
REMEMBERING

Barbara Marie Libby

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY

receive updates when new memories are posted

RECEIVE UPDATES
Jacy Golden

May 12, 2018

I am so very sorry to hear of Sis. Libby's passing. I have wonderful memories of singing (with my mom, Avis, my cousin, Delton, and my friend, Chris Smith) at the church she pastored in Westbrook. We really enjoyed fellowship with her and the entire church family. She was a wonderful lady with a wonderful personality and spirit.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with the family and church family. We have a great hope that we will see her again. It will be a great day.
Blessings,
Jacy Golden
(Golden Harmony Trio)

Janeace Libby

May 11, 2018

Janeace Libby

May 11, 2018

Janeace Libby

May 11, 2018

Janeace Libby

May 11, 2018

John Giacullo

May 10, 2018

Our love and prayers go with you all. Barbara and Percy were dear friends. When we pastored in
Brunswick, Maine, we had the joy of their coming to minister in our church. Of course I grew up in
the Cumberland Ave. First Assembly where I first met and enjoyed their friendship for a number of years. She will be missed but she is with Percy and her Lord in Heaven now! God bless you all.
Rev. John Giacullo

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY