ESSEX — Barbara E. Towle, 89, died at the Green Mountain Nursing Home in Colchester on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.

She was the daughter of Cleo J. and Lillian (MacKay) T.M. Best, both deceased.

Barbara began her working life at Fonda Container in St. Albans, then as a Secretary at Bellows Free Academy, before retiring from a 34 long year career at General Electric in Burlington. She was a long time member of the Essex Art League.

She is survived by her sister, Betty Bingham; sister-in-law, Anne Towle, and several nieces and nephews. Her brother, Bertram Towle, predeceased her in March of 2013.

A memorial service will be held on Friday Nov. 1, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 130 Maple Street, Essex Junction with a reception following at the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Essex Rescue, 1 Educational Drive, Essex Junction, VT 05452, the Grace United Methodist Church 130 Maple St, Essex Junction, VT  05452 or a charity of one’s choice.  Assisting the Towle family is the Heald Funeral Home of St. Albans, where private messages of condolence are welcome at