Obituary of Barbara Rankin
Barbara Rankin, the family matriarch, left this earth on April 24th, after a fulfilled and meaningful life. She was the daughter of Clarence and Bernadine (McAvoy) Hills spending her early years in East Hartford, Connecticut with her siblings, Harold, Art and Ruthie.Years later she met Robert at a softball game in April. Six months later they were married. Although their courtship was brief their marriage lasted through the test of time, over six decades. As a loving wife, life partner and helpmate they shared common interests. Together they furthered their education (graduating with honors from Middlesex Community College and being nominated to Who’s Who Among College Students). They raised and trained Labrador retrievers, shot skeet and were members of Toastmasters International. In addition, she was a successful career woman at Aetna Life and Casualty where some of her more notable jobs were team member of the target risk department, tour guide and head of special projects. She was the nurturing, supportive, loving mom to cherished daughter, Bonnie. Together they were more than mother/daughter they were best friends and buddies. Their special bond will continue through loving thoughts and memories. Her world changed substantially when the light of her life, grandsons, Jesse and Kyle were born. She was a key contributor to their lives and was always available to offer her special love, support, guidance and kindness. She opened her heart to daughter-in-law, Maura and Kyle’s partner, Brittany, aka Ladybug. She stepped into her final role as great grandmother with abundant love and joy when Cavan, Jesse and Maura’s son was born. Her smile lit up the room when she got to spend time with her loved ones. A celebration of her life will be held at the convenience of the family. Until that time please remember Barbara when you see beautiful flowers in bloom, watch birds on a feeder or feel a soft breeze. To share a memory of Barbara, or send a condolence to her family, please visit www.rwwfh.com. Arrangements by Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, Centerbrook.