Barbara's Story

WOODLAND - Barbara May (Robidoux) McCrossin, 74, of Woodland, Maine passed away at her home, surrounded by her family, on January 8, 2016 after a long illness with COPD. Barbara was also a Cancer survivor, which she faced bravely during her recovery. Born in Webster, MA, she was the daughter of Joseph D. Robidoux & Sarah W. (Johnson) Robidoux.

Barbara graduated from Leicester High School in 1958. In 1959 Barbara was married to Gary Eugene McCrossin, the love of her life. They were married for 56 years. After a honeymoon in Niagara Falls, they made their first home in Key West, Florida. They moved to Woodland, Maine in 1960, where they made their second, permanent home, after traveling around New England. While raising her family, Barbara joined the staff at the Woodland Consolidated School, where she worked for over 25 years. Barbara worked tirelessly with the staff and students, developing a strong rapport with everyone. Her compassion and dedication will long be remembered by many.

One of Barbara's favorite pass-times was visiting and spending time with family and friends, near and far. Every spring, for many years, she would make a pilgrimage through Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Massachusetts visiting with her children, grandchildren, and other friends and relatives along the way. She was always up to try a new adventure, and with her husband planned and organized numerous family trips, including a trip to our nation's capital during the Bicentennial year. Other trips included many camping trips and canoe excursions down the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. In addition to her own small group of snowmobiling friends, Barbara was also a member of the Snow Drifters Snowmobile Club. She enjoyed attending the various club activities at the club house with her friends.

Barbara was an accomplished seamstress. In addition to making dresses for her two daughters, she also made special gifts for others, which she gave generously.

Barbara also enjoyed cooking and baking. Her pumpkin pies, caramel rolls, and jelly rolls were blue ribbon winners at the Northern Maine Fair, which she entered for a number of years. Many of her special recipes have been handed down to her children and passed to other family friends.

Barbara and her husband always grew a huge garden and canned many of the vegetables that they grew, sharing their bounty with many of their neighbors and family members. Barbara's jams and jellies were coveted by many, and those that received a special jar felt especially blessed.

Barbara's biggest accomplishment was raising four children. All of her vacation plans always included her children. She was always available to lend an ear, or offer advice. Barbara was a very loving, caring, and devoted mother.

As a young child, Barbara attended daily mass at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in her home town of Rochdale, Massachusetts. She remained a devout Catholic her entire life and attended mass weekly as well as on all Holy Days. She was a member of Holy Rosary Roman Catholic church in Caribou, Maine from 1960 to the present. God and family were always Barbara's top priorities.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Gary E. McCrossin; four children, Roxane (McCrossin) Davis and husband, Lawrence, of Bath, ME., Susan (McCrossin) Kulis and husband, Gary, of Sherburne, NY., David McCrossin and wife, Tracy, of Woodland, ME., Michael McCrossin of Ellsworth and his girlfriend Sharon Nilles of Bangor, ME, one sister, Shirley (Robidoux) Martin and husband, Maurice, of Kilmarnock, VA; and five grandchildren; Sarah Kulis, Benjamin Davis, Alexander Kulis, Kyle McCrossin and Alexis McCrossin, many nieces and nephews, and many special friends, especially Lula McCrossin, Brenda Kempton, and Phyllis Brown. Barbara is predeceased by her parents Joseph D. & Sarah W. (Johnson) Robidoux, and a sister, Sandra (Robidoux) Troy.

The family would like to thank Cary Medical Center for the excellent care she received during her stays; and the Hospice of Aroostook, especially Ruth Collins and Margaret Casey, for the dedicated and caring assistance provided to Barbara and to the family during her last weeks.

Friends may call from 12:30-1:30pm at Lancaster Morgan Funeral Home, 11 Clover Street, Caribou on Tuesday, January 12, 2015. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Parish of the Precious Blood Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Caribou on Tuesday at 2pm with Father Kyle Doustou officiating. A reception will follow services at the Parish Hall. Memories and condolences may be expressed at
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