Providence – Barbara (Larson) DeMello, 75, of South Dartmouth, MA, passed away on March 9, 2023, at Rhode Island Hospital after a brief illness. She was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Richard DeMello.
Barbara was born in New Jersey to the late Gerald Larson and Elizabeth Kelly Larson and was a retired elementary school teacher, having taught special education in New Bedford Public Schools for over 30 years. She believed all children had potential and held her students to high standards. A graduate of SUNY Geneseo, Barbara had a life-long curiosity about history, civics, and all things related to the growth of the United States. In recent years she enjoyed volunteering at Alden Court Nursing Care & Rehabilitation Center in Fairhaven, MA.
Barbara is survived by her siblings, Patricia Curran and her husband Richard, from Maine; Gerald Larson and his wife Cheryl, of Rhode Island; Jacqueline Hutchins and her husband Glen, from New Hampshire; several nieces and nephews; and many close friends.
Barbara’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, June 3, 2023 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth Street, New Bedford, MA.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks you to consider a donation to one of the many historical treasures of the South Coast and the region in Barbara’s memory.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth Street, New Bedford MA.