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Crash Victim Remembered for Love of Music, Holidays

Grafton's Elaine Barber, who has ties to Framingham, was on her way home Saturday from work when she was killed in a two-car crash on Route 20 in Shrewsbury.

The Grafton woman who lost her life in a two-car crash over the weekend in Shrewsbury is being remembered as a hard-working mother and wife who loved traveling, country music and celebrating the holidays with her family. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday for Elaine (Cormier) Barber, 60, who family members said was returning home from a shift at Wal-Mart when the crash occurred Saturday evening at the intersection of Route 20 and Grafton Street in Shrewsbury. 

Barber had worked at the store for several years and was also a hairdresser, working from her home in North Grafton and for a time a salon she owned in Worcester. 

Barber leaves her husband of 28 years, Charles Barber, as well as two children, Daniel Barber and Denise Barber.  

According to obituary information provided by her family, Barber was born in New Brunswick, Canada and came to the United States with her family when she was 7.

She was raised in Framingham and had lived in Grafton for nearly 30 years.   

Family members say she will remembered for her love of music, particularly country music and Willie Nelson. She was also a self-taught musician and loved the outdoors. 

Barber's daughter, Denise, told the Telegram & Gazette that Barber was on her way home from working a shift at Wal-Mart when the accident occurred

Shrewsbury police said Monday the accident remains under investigation. 

Barber's family is asking for donations in her memory be made to The National Osteoporosis Foundation 1150 17th St. NW Suite 850 Washington, DC 20036 or online at www.nof.org. 

Calling hours will be held Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester St., Grafton, MA 01536. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 11 am, at St. Mary's Church on Waterville Street in Grafton, followed by burial in Pine Grove Cemetery.

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