Barbara Rule, 96, of Marlbroough


Barbara W. RuleMarlborough – Barbara (Wilson) Rule, 96, of Marlborough and formerly of Shrewsbury, passed away Sept. 14, 2019 after a period of declining health.

Barbara was born July 7, 1923 in Worcester to Margaret and Benjamin Wilson. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Gordon, in 2003. She was also predeceased by her sister, Ruth, and brother-in-law, Donald Griswold.

Barbara was an executive assistant for Mass Department of Mental Health for many years and a life-long student of metaphysics, meditation and creative writing.

After retirement, she and Gordon moved to New Smyrna Beach, Fla., where Barbara was very active in the National League of Pen Women, serving as local chapter President and Treasurer. She also authored two books, “Polar Knight” and “Lisa Beth of Monaghan,” many poems and short stories which were published. In 2003, Barbara was honored as Author of the Year by the Pilot Club of Daytona Beach, Fla.

In 2005, Barbara moved back to Massachusetts and resided at New Horizons in Marlborough for 14 years, where she was active with writing groups.

Barbara leaves two children, Donald W. Rule (Carleen) and Diane L. LeBlanc (Alderic); two grandsons, Elliot Rule (Michette), Evan Rule (Erika), two granddaughters Meghan Kroeger (Kevin) and Roseann Pruitt (Michael); and five great-grandchildren, Devlin Keough, Maeve Keough, Tyler Rule, Evelyn Rule, and Avery Rule.

Calling hours are Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 5-7 p.m., at the Tighe Hamilton Funeral Home, 50 Central St., Hudson. Grave side service and burial will be Thursday, Sept. 19, at 11 a.m., at the Mountain View Cemetery, Route 140, Shrewsbury.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Reading is Fundamental, a children’s literacy program at