Barbara Ann Chase Palson passed away quietly in her sleep on Friday, April 12, 2019 with her loving husband at her side. Born in Needham, she was the daughter of Mary Muriel Hardwick and Walter Myron Chase. She is survived by her devoted husband of nearly 73 years, Richard Palson of Medfield; by daughter Lisa (Palson) Priest of Millis; and daughter Kirstin Palson of Medfield. Daughter Tana Palson passed away in 2015. She is also survived by grandson Garth Priest, wife Erin and daughter Uma-Jane of Fredericksburg, VA; by granddaughter Britta Priest of New York, NY; by granddaughter Tessa Priest Castellana, husband Frank, and daughters Genevieve and Sienna of Locust Valley, NY; and niece Candace (Chase) Olsen and husband Richard of Moraga, CA.
After graduating from Needham High School, Barbara attended Massachusetts College of Art where she earned a BA in Art Education, and met her husband. They became engaged when he entered the Army Air Corps in World War II as a fighter pilot stationed in England. They were married in August 1946.
Barbara worked as an assistant to Charlotte Dempsey at the Children’s Art Centre in Boston’s South End where she excelled in helping her young students see the beauty in the urban landscape. She later taught art K-12 in the Hamilton-Wenham school district. When her children were young, she held children’s art classes in her home.
Barbara and Richard moved to their present home in Medfield in 1953. While raising their three daughters, Barbara also found time to be an active member of the First Baptist Church and held positions on the state level of the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts. She pursued an interest in public policy through her work in the local chapter of the League of Women Voters.
Her many interests included Native American culture and history, archaeology, travel, and theological studies. She was a watercolorist, wrote poetry and recently published a memoir of her childhood summers in her father’s birthplace on Cape Cod.
Barbara traveled extensively in India, China, Europe, the Holy Lands and Egypt.
All are invited to attend a memorial service for Barbara on Tuesday May 14 at 1PM at the Church of Christ, Congregational, 142 Exchange Street, Millis, MA.
In lieu of flowers the family is grateful for memorial donations to the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, 17 Jackson Street, Middleboro, MA or massarchaeological.org.