Barbara (Ann Sweeney) Vinton, of North Providence, RI, passed away on April 14, 2020.  She was born on July 18, 1938, in Worcester, MA. Barbara leaves her loving and devoted husband of 56 years, Richard Vinton, and her two daughters: Maryann Vinton Lonks and her husband, Dr. John Lonks, of North Providence, RI, and Anne Vinton Roth and her husband, Alan Roth, of Wallingford, CT.  She also leaves her four beloved grandchildren: Sara Lonks Wong and her husband Andrew; Richard Lonks; Michael Roth and his wife Lisa; and James Roth and his fiance Ashley; as well as her two great-grandsons MJ and Luke Roth. Barbara also is survived by her loving and dedicated sister, Katherine Sweeney Zaterka, and her husband, Paul, of Apex, NC, and many nieces and nephews.

Barbara graduated from Auburn High School and Becker College and was a long-time resident of Auburn, MA, with her husband.  Her true passions were being a homemaker, caring for her two daughters, politics, decorating, and being involved in the community.  Barbara enjoyed volunteering at her daughters’ grammar school as a volunteer librarian and Brownie Girl Scout troop leader. As an active member of the Rotary Club of Auburn, she served as president.  Her daughters fondly remember Barbara’s enthusiastic involvement in the Town of Auburn’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration. The Fourth of July was one of Barbara’s favorite holidays. She was always at the center of neighborhood fireworks, Christmas Eve celebrations with family and dear friends, and a good old-fashioned St. Patrick’s Day Feast.  The Vinton’s were also long-time parishioners of St. Joseph’s Church in Auburn, MA, and Corpus Christi Church in Sandwich, MA. The Vintons also attended and loved the basketball games of the Holy Cross Crusaders and Providence College Friars.

Throughout her life, Barbara was passionate about her family first and foremost.  In 1992, upon retirement to Sandwich, MA, Barbara, together with her family, enjoyed many days on the beaches of Cape Cod.  She also was her grandchildren’s number one fan, and attended all dance recitals, plays, and sporting events. She too enjoyed long-standing, close relationships with friends who were loved like family, and her daughters are deeply grateful for their unwavering loyalty and unconditional support.

Relatives and friends will be invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Augustine Church, Providence, RI, at a time to be announced.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Holy Trinity School, 11 North Whittlesey Ave., Wallingford, CT, 06492, where her daughter Anne is the second grade teacher.  Barbara was a CCD teacher herself and a devout supporter of Catholic school education. For online condolences, please visit