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Barbara Lois (Osborne) Arthur (88) died on March 12th, 2021 in her daughter’s home in Canton, Massachusetts. She battled Alzheimer’s disease for many years, living in a Memory Care in Stoughton MA for the last 2 years. With Alzheimer’s Disease there are countless goodbyes, and it is with relief we were able to say this final goodbye. Barb was born June 24th, 1932 in Pontiac Michigan to the late Burton and Jean Osborne. She married Loren Arthur in 1955 in Midland Michigan where they lived most of their 62 years of marriage before Loren’s death in 2017.  


She had 3 daughters; Denise, Kenda, and the late Lori Beth and leaves their respective husbands: Arunas, Gar, and David. She loved and was loved back by 7 grandchildren: Kenda, Ale, Loren, Gerick, Claire, Lowell, and Chandler and 3 great grandchildren: Oakley, Willa, and Ryle.  Barbara is also survived by her 3 sisters: Marcia Conklin, Loris Fladseth, and Sara Tichon.


Barb was a nurse at Midland Hospital and a private duty nurse for many years. She was a dedicated and active member of the Homer United Methodist church in Midland as well as with many local community organizations. She loved to sing and dance and would light up with music and tap her feet right up until the end and always loved her ice cream! She enjoyed collecting antiques and recipes, made the best potato salad, told great stories, and was amazingly good with directions. Her family smiles when they tell Grandma Barb stories. 


Celebration of life is yet to be scheduled but it will be in Midland Michigan in August.


Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the following nonprofit organizations:


Toni and Trish House.  An organization Barb was involved with in at its inception.   https://toniandtrishhouse.org/ 


Scrap Creative Reuse Center where Barb’s granddaughter Claire is the Director.





Condolence Messages

  1. Rollin and Linda Yeakle

    18 March 2021 6 months ago

    Sorry to hear of Barbs passing. We shared many years of good times in Midland. Barb and Loren were close friends and neighbors for 75 years. We will miss you but will see you again someday. Thanks again for your friendship over the years.

  2. Ann Arthur

    17 March 2021 6 months ago

    I thought that Loren and Barbara had such a supportive home. Last time I saw Loren and Barb must of been shortly before Lorens passing, I saw them in a small sandwich shop on M-20. I was delighted to see them, and we were able to have a brief reunion, and thought of times gone by. At that time Barb was beginning to lose her memory, and early signs of such were evident. I loved both of them and know that God now has her at his feet, instead of her daily battle to live in this world. May the peace of his love be over her family, as she now has eternal life.
    Love you Barbara.

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