AUBURN — Barbara Ann Thurston, 73, of Perry Street, Auburn, passed away March 5, 2018 at Community General Hospital after a long illness. Barbara was born in Auburn on May 7, 1944 to the late Richard and Hazel Palmer Squires.

She volunteered for many years helping special needs children. Barbara had a love for camping, pottery, and cats. Her greatest joy was being a mother to all of her children.

Barbara is survived by her partner, Stephen Follett; her children, Tammy Amidon, Daniel Thurston, Charlotte Keegan-Slivinski, Michele Thurston, Richard Thurston and Charles Thurston Jr.; her grandchildren, Scotty Hosier, Melissa Thurston, Daniel Keegan, Caitlyn Keegan, Christopher Silliman, Alex Thurston and Nicholas Thurston; great-grandchildren, Brianna Hosier, Addison Hosier, Alicia Thurston, Dannylynn Thurston, Elise Thurston, Casey Keegan and Riley Keegan; her nieces, Colleen Bellnier and Paula Sanzo; and her nephew, Christopher Bellnier.

In addition to her parents, Barbara was predeceased by her son, Michael Thurston, and sister, Sandra Spaide.

Calling hours will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday with a service to immediately follow at 5 p.m. at White Chapel Funeral Home, 197 South St., Auburn.

Donations in memory of Barbara Ann Thurston may be made to Finger Lakes SPCA of CNY, 41 York St., Auburn, NY 13021.