Barbara Sears Tessmer, 87, a resident of West Yarmouth and Dover, Massachusetts, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2022, after a brief illness with her husband and daughter Marlowe at her side.
Barbara was born on August 22, 1935, to William Henry and Marcelle Sears. She grew up on Cape Cod and graduated from John Simpkins High School in Barnstable, Massachusetts, and from Brown University (Pembroke College). Earlier this year, she served as Vice President for the 65th reunion for her Brown class of 1957.
Barbara is survived by her husband, J. Richard Tessmer of Dover, Massachusetts, and daughters Ashley Brooke Tessmer and son-in-law David James Harrop of Arlington, Virginia, Kendall Tessmer Brown of Providence, Rhode Island, Marlowe Sears Tessmer and partner-in-law Richard John Bennett of Warwick, Rhode Island, and granddaughter Geneva Potter Brown of Providence, Rhode Island.
Barbara’s remains will be interred on Cape Cod at the Old West Barnstable Historic Cemetery in the Sears family plot.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the following nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations:
Association to Preserve Cape Cod apcc.org
Brown University brown.edu
Southern Poverty Law Center splinter.org
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. plannedparenthood.org
American Civil Liberties Union aclu.org