Barbara A. (Plante) Hession

Born: Wed., Apr. 26, 1933
Died: Fri., Mar. 6, 2020


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Mar. 11, 2020
Location: Tancrell-Jackman Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Thu., Mar. 12, 2020
Location: St. Mary's Church

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N. Smithfield/ Uxbridge-Barbara A. (Plante) Hession, 86, passed away on Fri. March 6, 2020 at Oakland Grove Health Care Ctr. in Woonsocket after a period of declining health.
     She is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years, Joseph C. Hession; 3 children, Cheryl A. Cosma and her husband John of Douglas, Robin J. Paul of Narragansett, RI, and Kristin A. Oleksy and her husband John of Carmel Valley, CA; 4 grandchildren, Andrea Johnson, Carolyn Cosma, Kerri Ahlf and Michael Paul; 4 great-grandchildren, Micah Johnson, Josephine Johnson, Gavin Johnson, and Isabella Cosma; a brother Joseph H. Plante of Pascoag, RI; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her son Joseph C. Hession Jr. Born in Woonsocket RI, on April 26, 1933 she was the daughter of John and Clara (Muheim) Plante, was raised in Woonsocket, and lived in Uxbridge 47 years. She lived in N. Smithfield 15 years and spent numerous winters in Florida at Lighthouse Point.
     Barbara worked as a Telephone Operator, a Supervisor and eventually a Manager for AT&T for 30 years, retiring in 1988. She was a graduate of St. Clare High School in Woonsocket. A member of the Uxbridge Women’s Club, she also belonged to the Telephone Pioneers Retirement Group, St. Mary’s Church in Uxbridge, and St. Ambrose Church in Florida. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, especially on cruises.
     Her funeral will be held Thurs. March 12 from Tancrell-Jackman Funeral Home, 35 Snowling Rd., Uxbridge with a Mass at 10 AM in St. Mary’s Church, 77 Mendon St., Uxbridge. Calling hours in the funeral home will be held on Wed. March 11 from 5-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to the To leave a condolence message for the family please visit:

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Heather Lohr
   Posted Wed March 11, 2020
I am so glad to have known Barbara, she was a funny and kind woman, always welcoming and sweet. She will be missed.

Colleen O'Dell
   Posted Wed March 11, 2020
It feels like yesterday we were at your wonderful Lake Pascoe home enjoying a summer weekend! Aunt Barbara and Uncle Joe were the most gracious and fun hosts ever and we had many fond memories with them and the MA/RI cousins! Barbara was always so sweet, energetic, happy-go-lucky, and certainly a beautiful lady inside and out. She loved and adored her husband, children and grandchildren and always made us (nieces/nephews) feel so special too! She will be missed!

Deborah Plante
   Posted Thu March 12, 2020
So sorry to hear this. Barbara is a cousin of mine who unfortunately I had lost contact with she was always such a happy person and I remember all the wonderful times we had many years ago at family picnics.

Leslie McIntyre
   Posted Thu March 12, 2020
We were so very sad to hear of Barbara's passing. She and our mom Jeannine enjoyed a wonderful, crazy, loving friendship for 70 years. Never a dull moment when they were together and we all loved hearing their stories. May they enjoy more shenanigans as they are reunited in Heaven.

All our love and condolences,
Leslie and Heather (Mercer) and our families

Janet Dowling
   Posted Sat March 14, 2020
Joe,Robin Kristen, Carolyn and families,

I want to offer you my deepest condolence. Barbara always had a smile or something funny to say. I am going to miss you Barbara as a neighbor and friend. Rest in Peace my friend

Mike Buckley
   Posted Mon March 16, 2020
To Joe and Family,

I just learned of Barbara's passing. I am so very sorry for your loss. A wonderful woman and friend. I will always cherish her kindness to me over the years. May she rest in peace.

Donald and Sylvia Keach
   Posted Thu April 30, 2020
Joe and the Hession family,
So sorry to hear about Barbara’s passing. She was always pleasant and had a great smile. I know she will be missed by all. You and your family will be in our prayers.

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