Mendon – Madeleine V. Baptiste, 95, formerly of Westborough, died at home Thursday Aug. 19, 2010. She was the wife of the late Paul Baptiste and the late Warren Barr II.
She is survived by one daughter, Marilyn V. Brothers and her husband, Sam; a daughter-in-law, Diedra Barr; a sister, Ruth Swenson; six grandchildren, Jean Drapeau, Lynn Ault, Warren Barr IV, Jeffrey Barr, Cheryl Volpe and Karen LaBraier; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. She is also survived by several step-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Warren E. Barr III, sister of the late Fern Van Dam and Lloyd Crosby, grandmother of the late James Salvage, and great-grandmother of the late Benjamin Salvage.
Born in Malden, the daughter of the late Benjamin and Lillian (Macburnie) Crosby, she was educated in Malden schools. Prior to moving to Mendon last year, she had been a resident of Westborough for many years, spending the last 10 years at The Willows in Westborough.
Mrs. Baptiste worked for a short time as a bookbinder in Boston. She and her husband, Paul, ran Paul's Produce, a fruit and vegetable stand in Grafton for many years. She was a member and past Matron of the Rachel Chapter #61 Order of Eastern Star for over 50 years. She was also a member of Sam’s Camping Club and the Ramblin' Wrecks, and enjoyed traveling and camping in her motor home.
Funeral services and interment were held privately at Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabody. Donations in her memory may be made to the VNA Care Network and Hospice, 120 Thomas St., Worcester, MA 01608 or to the Rachel Chapter #61, OES, c/o Carol Gagne, 34 Kaye Circle, N. Grafton, MA 01536. The Britton-Summers Funeral Home of Westborough assisted with arrangements.