Barbara Wilder Anderson Tullar
Orford, N.H. — Barbara Wilder Anderson Tullar, 84, died on February 11, 2014 at her home in Orford surrounded by family. She and her husband George Tullar, married for 64 years, moved to Orford in 1956, where they began the family farm. George and Barbara combined their last names (Tullar and Anderson) to form Tullando as a symbol of their partnership in life and farming. The farm is still in operation today. Barbara was the daughter of Carl and Virginia (Wilder) Anderson of Thetford Hill, Vt.
Barbara’s legacy is her love of family to whom she dedicated her life. She is survived by her husband, George; a sister, Virginia Anderson Barrett (and her husband, Ruel); and a sister-in-law, Francis Tullar. She leaves five children and their spouses: daughter, Deborah and husband, John O’Brien; son, Rendell and wife Karen; son, George Jr. and wife, Sherre; daughter, Nancy and husband, Michael Fleming; all of Orford, and a son, Steven and wife, Sharyn of Walpole, N.H. Barbara was pre-deceased by her sister and brother-in-law, Emily and Frank Barker.
Over the past 34 years, Barbara’s joy and inspiration has been her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to sew doll clothing, knit sweaters, as well as attend the 4H cattle shows, school plays and ball games. Her kitchen was a busy, noisy place as family gathered to celebrate holidays and birthdays. Her 14 grandchildren: Megan (O’Brien) Harding (husband, Patrick), Michael O’Brien (wife, Keira) and Dan O’Brien (wife, Kelley); Nathan Tullar (wife, Carole Ann), Emily (Tullar) Gray (husband, Kevin), Molly Tullar (fiance, Alex); Jesse Tullar (and fiance Sandra), Erin (Tullar) Thebodo (husband, Bobby) and George Tullar III; Dianna, Noel and Bryant Tullar; and Liam and Shannon Fleming. She will be missed by her 11 great-grandchildren, as well as by her many nieces and nephews.
Barbara graduated from Thetford Academy and attended Syracuse University before marrying George and starting their family. Over the years the couple shared their love of farming, animals and the land with their family through involvement in 4-H and the Orford Congregational Church. Barbara shared in the work of the farm, which was awarded the Green Pastures Award and recognized as a N.H. Farm of Distinction.
During the last few years she dedicated her life to caring for her husband George until becoming ill herself. The family appreciates the care provided by the doctors and nurses of The Robert A Mesropian Center for Community Care at Alice Peck Day Hospital, Bayada Hospice and home-health care providers who were instrumental in keeping her comfortable in the last months of her life.
The family plans a spring service to honor her life. Donations can be made in her memory to the restoration of Orford Town Hall at “Town Hall Heritage Center Trust”, P.O. Box 85, Orford, NH 03777 or to N.H. 4H Foundation, Moiles House, 180 Main St, Durham, NH 03824.