Barbara Louise Ruggiera Butler, born to Anna A. Schurian Ruggiera (deceased) and Petero A Ruggiera (deceased) at Fort Devens in Shirley, Mass on December 18, 1954, passed away in her sleep the morning of Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the young age of 63.
Barbara moved to Rochester, NH in August of 1958 and graduated from Spaulding Highschool in 1972. Her time was spent between NH and Conn to be with both her mother and father. She went on to study nursing in Portsmouth, NH and took care of many children over the years as a newborn caregiver. She purchased the Avon Hotel on Hampton Beach in 1980 with her mother and had many happy years there, including the birth of her son Christopher, in 1985, and the birth of her daughter Ashley, in 1988. She loved the Hampton Police and the special privileges they gave her to do fireworks. Also, being part of the Camaro Club was very important to her. Barbara had many happy memories of being a passenger in her Camaro, racing up and down rt 16 and traveling around New England and Pennsylvania going to Camaro car shows.
After the sale of the hotel in 1988, Barbara and her family moved back to Rochester, NH into her house on Old Dover Rd where she began her career as a crafter. She was talented and dedicated to her craft and continued to create beautiful pieces of art until the day she passed. Also, while in Rochester, she pursued many other occupations including working at Dr. Roy's office, fill in nurse/teacher and then administrative assistant at Tri-City Christian Academy (where she sent her children to school), CSM at Walmart, and manager of State Park Store at Hampton Beach.
Her final joys were being able to put some of her crafts into the Seacoast Crafter's store in the Fox Run Mall and making new friends and getting healthy with her new-found love of Xyngular. Barbara enjoyed so many things in life – traveling, vacations, skiing, musical theater, paint class, her children, Red Sox baseball games with her sister, and most importantly spending every moment she could with her grandbabies. Barbara was a kind, generous, loving, funny, incredible woman who will be eternally missed.
Barbara is survived by her son Christopher Peter Butler, her daughter Ashley Lynn-Ann Butler, her three grandsons Lincoln, Barrett and Wyatt, her two puppies Scooby and Shaggy, and her sister Anna N Ruggiera and her fur baby Schultzy.
Barbara's Celebration of Life, followed by a luncheon, will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11:00am at Tri-City Covenant Church, 150 West High St, Somersworth, NH. In lieu of flowers, please take time to hug your mother/family, tell them you love them and do something special together.