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Barbara Batchelder du Pont

Barbara Batchelder du Pont, 96, died peacefully at home April 27, 2021. She was the daughter of Charles Nathaniel Batchelder and Grace French Batchelder of Hanover, NH. She graduated from Dana Hall School and attended Pine Manor College and Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School, Boston.

In 1944 she married Irénée du Pont, Jr. At her husband’s various employment sites, she bore six children in five different cities. She served as a Gray Lady at veterans’ hospitals in Huntington, Long Island, NY and Orange, NJ. She was a member of the Junior Leagues in Parkersburg, WV, Charleston, WV and was president of the Wilmington, DE Junior League. She served as president of The Children’s Home, Inc., Planned Parenthood, and the Curative Workshop, all of Wilmington. She never gained weight, wore nice clothes and seldom used make-up. Above all, she loved her family. Her tabletops are crowded with framed family photographs. She also enjoyed sailing on the skipjack, “Barbara Batchelder”, tennis, golf, bridge, puppets, motorcycling, worn out shoes and blunt pencils.

Barbara was predeceased by her daughter Suzanne, her son Irénée, 3rd and her brother, Charles Carpenter Batchelder.

She is survived by her husband of 77 years, daughter-in-law Eugenie Collison du Pont of Hockessin, DE, her daughters Irene Light (Tom) of Lime Rock, CT, Cynthia Tobias (Terry) of Chadds Ford, PA, Sally Quinn (Rob) of Winchester, MA and Grace Engbring (Paul) of Telluride, CO, thirteen grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.

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    Joan and Bob Enslen writes,
    Mr DuPont - we were so sorry to hear about Barbara’s passing. We are thinking of you and the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    04/28/2021 05:51 pm
    Teresa Dawn Welsh and Donald A. Welsh lit a candle and writes,
    I am Charlotte and Walter Brown's daughter and Don is my husband. I have many fine memories of growing up on the estate and all the wonderful times I had there and getting to know Mr and Mrs dupont and all of the kids and even some of the grandchildren. Those memories are near and dear to my heart and I will remember them forever some of the happiest times of my life. We are deeply saddened by your great lost and our hearts and prayers go out to you all. I know there will be some tuff times a head for everyone through this time try to remember all the good times and memories that you hold near and dear to your hearts. Sincerely Dawn and Donald Welsh
    04/28/2021 06:01 pm
    Madalyn Schultz Petit writes,
    To the Tobias Family, I am sorry for your loss.
    04/28/2021 11:41 pm
    Lynn Weymouth writes,
    My sincere sympathy to all of Barbara's family. She was a truly beautiful person. We enjoyed needlepoint projects together years ago and fun conversations. Also, she was treasured for her years of involvement in The National Society of Colonial Dames in America in Delaware.
    04/29/2021 09:02 am
    Adam William Fisher, Ph.D. writes,
    What a wonderful, quiet, and sweet lady ! I had ben acquainted with Barbara and Irenee since August, 1976. She is one of the last of the DuPont Dynasty. Her daughters, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were as sweet and as polite as Barbara. With Irenee, it was always, "sweet heart" or "honey". She surely will be missed. Her legacy includes her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who all will pass on Barbara's gentleness and thoughfulness !!!!!!!!!!!! Respectfully, Adam Wm. Fisher: B.S., M.Ed., M.Th., Ph.D., Ph.D., Ph.D.
    04/29/2021 06:30 pm
    Beverly Wright writes,
    Dear Cindy, I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope you hold many fond memories. Bev
    04/30/2021 07:05 am
    Robert d'Origny Rieffel writes,
    My mother, Mary Hemphill Bush, daughter of Joanna duPont Bush, enjoyed the company of Barbara's family. Having moved to Wilmington recently I hope to be able to pass on my condolences personally.
    04/30/2021 05:08 pm
    Benjamin Trimble writes,
    Mr.DuPont- So sorry for you loss. My sibling and I will never forget the bus stop she built for us to keep us out of the cold. Your family provided one of coolest childhood homes a kid could ask for and that’s because of you, and Barbies generosity. If you need anything feel free to reach out.
    04/30/2021 07:55 pm
    Maria Shepherd writes,
    Dear Sally and family, We are so very sorry for the great loss of your beloved mother who we know was an enormous presence in all of your lives. We also know you have countless treasured memories of her and your time together and hope that these will comfort you in the very difficult days and months ahead. We are thinking of you and look forward to your return around the Mah Jongg table! Deepest condolences, Maria and Mark Shepherd
    05/01/2021 07:24 am
    JOHN M. KENNEL, Jr. writes,
    Dear Irénée, I am very sorry for your loss. Thank you and Barbara for supporting the Boy Scouts. The boys felt complimented when your wife rode in your Model T to our camp fire and gave us a speech. Thank you for the kindness you showed my father after my mother passed away. You lifted his spirits more than you can imagine. John M Kennel Jr.
    05/02/2021 05:21 pm
    Diane May writes,
    Dear ones, I am sad to hear of the loss of a very beautiful woman. Her gracious hospitality at Thanksgiving and New Year's, her special recipes, her way of sincerely welcoming her many guests are memories that will stay with me always. May the many, many joyful memories comfort you at this time. My deepest condolences, Diane
    05/03/2021 09:09 am
    Andy and Leslie Quetel writes,
    To Mr. DuPont and Family, We are saddened to hear of Mrs. DuPont's passing. Our thoughts are with you all.
    05/03/2021 02:18 pm
    Gregory Myers writes,
    So sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. May God's peace be upon your entire family. Greg Myers
    05/04/2021 12:27 pm
    The Sante Family writes,
    Dear Grace and family: Our condolences on the passing of your dear Barbara. We're so sorry for your loss. Her memories and spirit live on in all of you. Our thoughts are with the entire family. Love and hugs from the Santes
    05/05/2021 01:50 pm
    Jennifer Cavazzini writes,
    Dear Mr. DuPont and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Over the years, I met Mrs. DuPont in a number of different places. I have fond memories of her visiting Valerie to look at clothes! She was always gracious, kind and the perfect lady. My condolences to your whole family on the loss of a great woman. Jennifer
    05/06/2021 01:14 pm
    Thomas A. Bullen writes,
    Mr. duPont, Please allow me to extend my most sincere condolences to you and your family. Words can seldom ease the passing of someone as close as your wife; a love, a helpmate, a caring mother, and a charming and gracious addition to your life, both private and professional. May our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, grant you solace and strength in this time of this great loss. Warm regards, Tom Bullen
    05/11/2021 02:26 am
    Thomas A Bullen writes,
    Dear Cindy, You have my heartfelt sympathy. I just became aware of your mother's passing so I must apologize for my tardy condolences. The loss of one's mother is never easy and is never really gone. Certainly, this past Sunday was a bittersweet day for all. Please extend my sympathy to Grace and all of your family. Watch your father, he is truly one of the last of the generation of service and gracious living. We can't afford to lose him yet. As I watched the funeral of Prince Phillip, your parents, Hal Haskell, Frolic, Mrs. Copeland came to mind. They are, truly, a generation that the likes of will never be seen again. Something for which we must all lament. Sincerely, in His Name, Tom Bullen
    05/11/2021 02:50 am
    Patricia Marilla Reider { Patty Marilla) writes,
    To the family of Barbara DuPont, especially Mr. Irenee DuPont and Irene: My warmest condolences to you on the passing of your beautiful mother Barbara, I have only learned of it as I researched your family while listening to an interview of Mr. DuPont taped in 2014. He is speaking warmly of his time in Parkersburg. I remember her fondly, as did my parents, Irvine and Dorris Marilla who were your neighbors across the street on Linden Avenue in Parkersburg, W, Va. Daddy passed away in 1995 and Mother in 2008, both in Richmond , Virginia where they lived since the late 1970s. Irene and I went to kindergarten together at McKinley School and started Lincoln School in identical dresses. I remember us collecting sawdust in your garage when Mr. DuPont was working on his boat. We moved to our new house on North Avery and W.Va. Ave. after the birth of my sister Kathy and about the time you moved to Charleston. I spent a total of 20 years in Brazil, starting in Peace Corps in 1967, was bi-coastal CA/NYC and am now in NYC. We spend time in Bethany Beach, DE and I think of you when we go to Rehoboth. My love to you all. I would love to get in touch. Patricia Marilla Reider ( Patty Marilla ) 917-783-4272
    05/05/2022 12:17 pm

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