Barbara Ann Polo,
82, of Lincoln, died July 11, 2016. Born in New Haven, CT, she was the daughter of the late Mearl and Josephine (Deuss).
She is survived by 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Linda & Ted Sliney, Lauren & Mark Esakoff and Leigea & Marc Landry; her longtime partner Jack Brett; 7 grandchildren, Tyler Sliney, Eric Sliney, Elizabeth Riel, Nicole Wright, Ross Landry, Eva Esakoff, and Audrey Esakoff and 3 great grandchildren, Molly Riel, Colin Riel, Henry Sliney, and another expected in a few weeks.
Coming from a very austere childhood Barbara appreciated everything: all of the people she considered family (this would include nearly anyone connected to her loved ones) and a handful of cherished possessions - she never needed much to be happy. Her generous, cheerful and caring personality quickly made her a favorite among all who knew her. She was quick to send a note for any occasion and stayed in touch with even the remotest of friends. Even when very ill she made getting cards out a priority as she wanted each person to know how special they were. Many of her cards contained her own rhymes and bits of art she collected.
As a young woman, Barbara loved to dance, roller skate, and go to the movies. Once she had a family, her interests centered more around the home and neighborhood. She always had wonderful taste and a real knack for crafts. The costumes she made often won prizes. In any home she had there were lamps she had rewired, furniture she refinished, curtains and pillows she made, hand painted wine glasses, and beautiful tea cozies. In recent years she made certain each of her beloved children and grandchildren had something she made to remember her by.
She was often the life of the party - hosting teas, picnics, and Win Lose or Draw parties when she could, seldom missing an invitation regardless of her health or strength. Her family will remember her dancing, singing, and playing tambourine at family sing-a-longs.
The best mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend anyone could hope for, a truly cheerful soul, she will be sorely missed by all.
Her funeral services will be private. Flowers are respectfully omitted.
Donations in recognition of Barbara’s concern for the environment and the poor to: Save The Bay, 100 Save the Bay Dr., Providence, RI 02905 or to RI Community Food Bank, 200 Niantic Ave., Providence, RI 02907 would be appreciated.