Longtime Rumsonite, Barbara Lawes Mercer, passed away peacefully at home on May 4. She was 91.
The woman everyone knew as the 67-year “beloved wife of Henry D. Mercer, Jr., loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend and adored daughter of Donald E. and Bessie B. Lawes,” was born on February 18, 1931 in Long Branch. She was raised in Little Silver and was a graduate of Markham Place School, Vail-Deane School, and Marjorie Webster Junior College. Upon college graduation, Barbara became an elementary school teacher.
A lifelong resident of Monmouth County, Barbara married Dick, “the love of her life,” in 1955 when the couple moved to Rumson.
She was a dedicated member of the Public Health Nursing Association in the 1950s and 1960s, an involved parishioner at St. George’s By-the River Church in Rumson, and a parent volunteer at the Rumson Country Day School.
She was predeceased by: her parents; her brother Donald E. Lawes, Jr.; and son, Andrew W. Mercer.
She is survived by: her husband; three children, Henry D. Mercer III and his wife Joan, of Locust, Deborah Mercer Ribas, of Westwood, MA, and Marilyn M. Bell, and husband Charles, of Colts Neck; grandchildren, Dickson, Sarah, Anna, William, Elizabeth, and Matthew; great- grandchildren, Henry, Hope, and Eloise; sister-in-law, Eleanor Lawes; brother-in-law, Douglas D Mercer; and eleven nieces and nephews.
Thompson Memorial Home in Red Bank, is entrusted with the arrangements. Funeral services will be private.