Barbara Murtha, 79, of New Milford, died April 16 at Candlewood Valley Health & Rehabilitation Center in New Milford after a declining illness caused by cancer.

She was born Feb. 25, 1934, in Kentucky, to the late Clara and Benny Anglin.

She met her husband, Edward Murtha, while working as a waitress at a restaurant in Berea, Ky. He was a young FBI agent tracking down escaped convicts in Kentucky. The couple married in 1952 and made their home in Manhattan, N.Y.

In 1953, she gave birth to her only child, Louise. The couple moved to Connecticut in 1958 and eventually moved to New Milford.

She worked at Winchester Electronics in New Milford for 24 years as a first shift supervisor before her retirement. Shortly after retiring, she became a caregiver for her husband, who required daily care until 1991.

Gardening was one hobby she enjoyed. Canning the vegetables she grew was another. In the 1990s, she won numerous ribbons for her canning expertise at the Bridgewater Country Fair. She gave her canned fruits and vegetables to family and friends.

She was known to be a loving and kind woman, who was full of life and laughter.

She is survived by her daughter, Louise Wyant, and her husband, John; a sister, Grace Chapman; three brothers, Bill Anglin; Virgil, and wife, Ruby Anglin; and Bob, and wife, Wanda Anglin; many nieces and nephews; and her dog, Bella, who was her constant companion for the past nine years. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her sisters, Juanita Anglin, Margaret Anglin, Lorene Anglin and Ester Jean Anglin; her brothers, Morris Oliver Anglin and James Samuel Anglin; a sister-in-law, Doris Anglin; a brother-in-law, William Chapman; and a nephew, Jimmy Chapman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Animal Welfare Society of New Milford, 8 Dodd Road, New Milford CT 06776.

Services and burial will be private. There are no calling hours.

The Lillis Funeral Home in New Milford is in charge of arrangements.