Barbara N. Crocker, of Brookfield, died Nov. 1, 2010, after a battle with cancer. She was the wife of 34 years to the Rev. Dr. George N. Crocker.

Mrs. Crocker was born in Brockton, Mass., daughter of the late Elmer B. Nelson and Marie (Pepin) Nelson.

She graduated from Brockton High School and the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene at Tufts University in Boston.

Mrs. Crocker worked as a dental hygienist in Father Panic Village in Bridgeport and later in Danbury for many years.

An avid quilter, gardener and reader, she was an active member of the Scraps Quilting Group, the Brookfield Garden Club and The Purple Circle Book Club.

She attended the Bible Study Fellowship for many years.

Mrs. Crocker loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren, whether at family gatherings, at home or vacationing with them in Maine.

During her first marriage to the Rev. Paul J. Bengtson, Mrs. Crocker was an active member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Brookfield, where she made lasting friendships.

Later, she worshipped at St. Paul's Church in Brookfield for 32 years.

Since 2004, she attended Christ Church Quaker Farms in Oxford, where her husband is currently priest-in-charge.

She was known by her many friends for her kind and generous spirit.

In each church she attended, she found a ministry Altar Guild, choir, first communion instructor for children or various women's groups. She was known for her gift of making newcomers feel accepted.

While on retreat, she received ministry for baptism.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Crocker is survived by three children, Karin Face, of Wilmington, Del., Joan Bengtson, of Boston, and David Bengtson, of Bridgewater; two stepsons, Darin Crocker, of New Milford, and Drew Crocker, of Durham; a son-in-law, Dean Face, of Wilmington; a daughter-in-law, Dorothy (Wyan) Crocker, of New Milford; three grandchildren, Kyle Crocker and Stephen and Caroline Face; a sister, Susan Holmes, of Tampa, Fla.; her first husband, Paul J. Bengtson, of Weston; and several nieces and nephews. She was precdeceased by a brother, Alvin Nelson.

A vigil will be held today (Friday) from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Saint Paul's Church, Route 25, Brookfield. A requiem Eucharist will be celebrated tomorrow (Saturday) at 10:30 a.m. at the church.

Interment in Saint Paul's Memorial Garden will follow tomorrow's service.

Memorials may be sent to Saint Paul's Memorial Fund, 174 Whisconier Road, Brookfield CT 06804; to Christ Church Quaker Farms Memorial Fund, 470 Quaker Farms Road, Oxford CT 06470; or to the Praxair Cancer Center, Danbury Hospital, 24 Hospital Ave., Danbury, CT 06810.