Barbara Ann Nolan died peacefully on Oct. 25 after a brief illness. She was 71.

She was born in Boston on July 15, 1949.

Barbara attended nursing school in the early 1970s and was an LPN at Brigham and Women’s and Mass General. She moved to Martha’s Vineyard in the mid-1970s where she worked briefly as a nurse at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. She loved the Island so much that she became a shuttle and tour bus driver during the late 1980s and early 1990s. She obtained her master’s degree in clinical psychology at Cambridge College and returned to work at Mass General as a clinician for a short time before returning to the Vineyard.

She was a social person, enjoying time with her good friends on the Vineyard. Her charm and quick wit will be missed by the many loved ones that she leaves behind.

She was predeceased by her parents James and Priscilla Nolan and her brother Jimmy and sister Priscilla Sinatra. She is survived by her daughter Rachael, daughter in law Renee, brother in law Charles, nieces Julie and Suzanne, and her sister in-law Renee Nolan.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring of 2021. For online guestbook, visit