Barbara (Dagle) Botti, of Chester, dedicated wife to Bob, who predeceased her, passed away peacefully while being adored and cared for by loving family and friends on Friday, January 31, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Royden and Leah (Davis) Dagle. Barbara had a kind, warm spirit throughout her life that made it a pleasure to be in her company, making her very special to so many people. Throughout her life, she had a quiet determination and strength that shone through everything, even her journey battling Alzheimer’s right until her last day.
Barbara grew up in Cromwell, proud to have been in the first graduating class of Cromwell High School. She started her career as a secretary, taking the bus from her childhood home in Cromwell, to Hartford and then to offices in Bloomfield. She then took time off to be an amazing mother and homemaker for her family. She returned to work as a proofreader for Waverly Printing Company in Portland where her family resided for many years. Barbara then began her tenure working alongside her husband, son, son-in-law, and nephew to run Portland Electric. So many people enjoyed their time being greeted and helped by Barbara who worked tirelessly with a smile until she was 75 years old.
Barbara was an avid traveler. She and Bob visited every continent except Antarctica which they saw, but the weather didn’t let them land. She and her lifetime group of friends, known to many as “The Gang” spent hours selecting destinations and planning spectacular adventures together. Barbara’s other interests were fashion, decorating and shopping. She had an amazing eye for beautiful things. Her generous nature also supplied friends and family with beautiful objects. She always searched until she found the perfect gift for every occasion.
In her later years, Barbara still enjoyed traveling back and forth between her daughter’s home in Rockfall, to her beautiful home by the river in Chester where she enjoyed time walking, looking at her photos, reading or listening to a good book, entertaining, and just swinging on her porch taking in the view.
Along with her husband and parents, Barbara was predeceased by her son Michael. Barbara leaves behind her daughter Carole (Botti) Sibiskie, her husband Mike, and her treasured grandchildren, Caryn and Caitlyn, brother Charles Dagle, sisters Nancy Dagle, and Dianne Brainerd and her husband Russ. She also leaves behind many special nieces, nephews, cousins, and her amazingly loving and devoted friends.
The family is so very thankful for the amazing, loving, and dedicated care Barbara received in her last years. Edna Balane was her superb caretaker who made delicious treats, brought beautiful flowers, played music Barbara enjoyed, and even had “spa days” with manicures. It meant the world to the entire family and friends to have such compassionate and competent care for Barb. Also, so much gratitude goes to the many other caregivers and hospice nurses and aids who touched our lives and made Barbara more comfortable, healthy, and happy.
Donations in Barbara’s honor may be made to Middlesex Home Hospice, 770 Saybrook Road, #4, Middletown, CT 06457 or Alzheimer's Association, Connecticut Chapter, 200 Executive Boulevard Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489-1058. A Celebration of Life will be held at the convenience of the family. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.
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