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Barbara J. Whitworth, 91, of Waitsfield, passed away at Mayo Healthcare in Northfield on Saturday evening, March 8, 2014. Born in Montpelier on December 17, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Leon E. and Esther S. (Rickert) Joslyn. Barbara married Cletus Bruffey who predeceased her in 1966. She later married Loren Whitworth.
Barbara grew up in Waitsfield and was a 1940 graduate of Waitsfield High School. She continued her education at the Garfield Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, DC, where she graduated with her registered nursing degree in 1943.
Barbara worked many years as a nurse for St. Joseph's Hospital in Richmond, VA, before being employed as a nurse by the Philip Morris Co. in Richmond from which she retired.
Returning to her roots in the Mad River Valley, Barbara enjoyed activities at the Mad River Valley Senior Center in Waitsfield and was a member of Waitsfield Federated Church (now UCC).
Barbara is survived by her son, Norman Bruffey and his wife Norma of Midlothian, Virginia; a brother Duayne Joslyn and his wife Kaye of Columbus, NE; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family. She was predeceased by her sister, Mary J. Allen.
Graveside memorial services will take place this spring in the Joslyn family lot in Waitsfield Common Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial gifts would be appreciated to Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601. Assisting the family is Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences visit www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.