Barbara F. Lopez (“Mama”) passed peacefully in her sleep March 23, 2018 at Monastery Heights in West Springfield, MA. She was 83 years of age. Mama Lopez was born on December 30, 1934 in Massena, New York to the parents of Louis and Mabel Vezina. Her only brother, Louis Vezina the III, sadly predeceased her in February of 2014. Barbara was married to the late Marcial Lopez for 37 years prior to his death in January of 2002. Barbara and Marcial called Springfield, MA their home in the mid 1960’s. She is survived by two daughters Mayna Lopez and Christine Lopez Longo, 2 grandchildren Bobbie Longo and Alex Longo, and one great grandchild, Jaden Longo. She graduated from Massena High School in Massena, NY. In 1979 she graduated from the Putnam nursing program, in which she received the 1979 Outstanding Student Award in her class. She was 44 years of age when she received her award which was quite an accomplishment at the time. We fondly remember saying to Papa “give us the camera, I know mama is getting an award”. We were all so very proud of her on that day. Barbara was quickly employed as a LPN at Baystate Medical center where she carried out her nursing duties with the utmost professionalism for nearly 30 years. Toward the end of her nursing career she was employed at the trauma center in Mason Square where she lovingly tended to the patients with pride and dignity. She never missed a day of work. As an avid Red Sox fan, she also never missed a game including spring training. On hot summer nights you could hear her cheering (or cursing) for her favorite boys of summer from her recliner. Her other favorite past time was horse racing. She was fearless at the horse track. Handicapping horses on her own program. You could find her at the finish line standing on the bleachers rooting on her favorite horses to the very end. She was incredibly generous with her money donating to The Jimmy Fund, Greenpeace, The Native American Children’s fund and her personal favorite, The Veterans. The Lopez family would like to thank Donna and Steve Provost who were there for her 24 hours a day. Miss Lisa Merriweather for your undying love and compassion. Erik Erhart for your generosity with your time and support right up till the end. Monastery at Landmark for the exemplary care that they provided. “Mama it is your time to shine and become the star that you were destined to be. We all love you very much and we will be with you always, dancing in your starlight.” Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to Disabled American Veterans Charitable Services at https://www.dav.org/ or call 1-877-426-2838.