Barbara M. (Evans) Karlson

September 16, 1933 ~ April 13, 2021 (age 87)

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East Wareham-Barbara M. Karlson, 87, of East Wareham, passed away on Tuesday April 13, 2021 at the Tobey  Hospital in Wareham.  She was the wife of the late Leroy R. “Buddy” Karlson.  She was born in Brockton the daughter of the late Eldon and Delia (DeForge) Evans.  Barbara attended Brockton Public Schools and graduated from Brockton Business College. She returned to the college to teach typing and short hand.  Barbara and Buddy arrived in Wareham and she worked for the Wareham Public Schools as a bus driver and as an administrative assistant at the Plymouth Country Registry of Deeds.

Barbra was always the life of the party. She was very quick witted, kind, and caring. Barbara loved to dance, drink martinis, go camping and tell stories. She always carried a tube of lip stick with her everywhere she went because she said “you never knew who you were going to meet.” She was so beautiful and glamorous. Barbara always had to have her hair, nails, and makeup done. Her family always said she should have been a movie star.

Barbara also enjoyed her retirement job at White Island Beach doing beach patrol that she worked many years. She liked to refer herself as the “Beach B!#ch.” Everyone who met her loved her. She always wanted to know who was going to have the next party.

Barbara is survived by her sister Carol A. Lincoln of Lakeville, her daughter in-law Joanne Karlson of Wareham and many loving nieces nephews relatives and friends.  She was the mother of the late Richard E. Karlson and sister of the late Eldon Evans and Irene Mobark.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday April 19, from 4-8pm in the Wareham Village Funeral Home 5 Center Street Wareham.  Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.  Covid -19 protocols are required for all funeral events.  Burial will follow in Massachusetts National Cemetery, 1 Bennington Blvd., Bourne, MA  on Monday April 26,  at  9:30am  family and friends are welcome to attend and to arrive at the cemetery at 9:15 am. To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit

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April 19, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wareham Village Funeral Home
5 Center Street
Wareham, MA 02571

April 26, 2021

9:30 AM
Massachusetts National Cemetery
1 Bennington Blvd.
Bourne, MA 02532

Please note
Please arrive at the cemetery by 9:15. Covid-19 protocol, masks and distancing, limited to 75 guests.
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