Barbara Ann (Pennington) Sprague — March 5, 1933 - April 27, 2011

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 2:05pm

In the quiet of a foggy morning, Barbara Sprague passed away in the comfort of her home on Old Town Road. A life long resident of Block Island, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Lulu (Sellers) Pennington and the wife of the late Adrian (Tiny) Sprague Jr.

Barbara was a graduate of the Block Island High School and later completed a degree at Johnson & Wales School of Business. Married in April of 1953, the years that followed were filled with raising a family and running the family business. The owner of the Pennington Sprague Co. Inc. for many years supplying Block Island with both home heating oil and building supplies from the lumberyard, she epitomized what dedication, planning and hard work could harvest.

Her family was the center of her life. A devoted daughter, wife, mother and grandmother, she encouraged and took great pride and happiness in all of her family’s accomplishments. Loving and kind, Barbara was a patient ear for friends and family alike. Her thoughtful advice will be remembered by all, as will her never-ending fixation with the weather forecast. Her expressions, or as her grandchildren like to call them “Nana-isms,” will live on through those who loved her most.

In addition to raising a family and running a business, Barbara was an active member of the community. Serving as a past member of the Board of Canvassers, the School Committee, Republican Town Committee, Eastern Stars and B. I. Volunteer Fire Dept Ladies Auxiliary to name a few.

Preceded in death by her two eldest daughters, Carol Haskell and Catherine L. Haskell, she leaves behind a son, A. Joseph Sprague of Block Island, two daughters, Cheryl S. Blane and Cynthia M. Geer of Block Island; seven grandchildren: Melanie Blane, Kate Sprague, Sara Turenne, Abel Sprague, Emily Rawls, Allison Haskell, Kellen Haskell, two great-grandchildren and countless friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 30, 2011, 12:30 p.m. at the Harbor

Baptist Church on Block Island. Burial will follow at the Island cemetery. Calling hours are respectfully omitted.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory can be made to the Mary D. Fund at P.O.

Box 323, or the Block Island Volunteer Fire & Rescue at P.O. Box 781.