Barbara Jane Douma, 82, of Colchester, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Hartford Hospital. Born in Brooklyn, NY on June 20, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Rose (Beyer) Hannon. She married her beloved husband, William Douma on July 30, 1955 in Newton, New Jersey. The couple worked in their lifelong labor of love as dairy farmers for most of their years together. They had farms in Hackettstown, NJ, Triple Pond Farm in Fort Plain then Jamestown, NY, before moving to Connecticut. In Connecticut, they managed dairy farms in Bridgewater, Hillsdale and finally Eddy Farm in Newington. Three years ago, the couple retired to their home in Colchester; they were communicants of the Church of the Holy Family in Hebron. In addition to dairy farming, Barbara loved goat farming, working outdoors and watching the UCONN Girls basketball team. Most importantly, she loved spending time with her best friend and husband of 64 years, William; her six wonderful children, Caryn Douma, and husband Eric Eichenwald of Philadelphia, PA, William and his wife Maria Douma of Mahopac, NY, Janice Douma Lange of Los Angeles, CA, Colleen Douma of Newington, CT, Kevin Douma of Woodbury, CT, Michele and husband Jim Thorn of Columbia, CT; ten beautiful grandchildren, Zachary, Taylor, Connor, Michael, Megan, Madison, Hallie, Julia, Caroline, Jocelyn and a great grandson, Ryan. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in New Jersey on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 10 AM, at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 24 Halsted Street Newton New Jersey 07860, burial will be in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery immediately following the Mass. Barbara was a kind and generous woman, who loved her fellow man and all creatures great and small. In lieu of flowers, and in her memory, the family will be donating to her favorite charities; if you would like to contribute, you can send donations c/o Michele Thorn 186 Pine Street Columbia, CT 06237. The Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester has been entrusted with care of funeral arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com
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