WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. – Barbara Lappin passed away Dec. 15, 2019, in West Palm Beach. She was the beloved wife of the late Harold Lappin, to whom she was married for 59 years. Born in Biddeford, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Louis Balkan and Mamie (Goldberg) Balkan, and sister of the late Arthur Balkan. Barbara and Harold shared a genuine love and respect for each other. They had been residents of Providence, Cranston and then West Palm Beach for several years. They enjoyed traveling, and made several visits to Israel and California.
Barbara had been employed as a bookkeeper for the Providence Gravure Company, retiring after 13 years. Prior to that, she was employed for several years as a bookkeeper for United Way, and was involved in the operation of her family’s resort hotel in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. She had attended Bryant College in Providence. She was a member of Temple Emanu-El in Providence for more than 60 years, was an avid reader, and a member of her Mah-Jong club for more than 30 years.
Barbara was loved dearly by her family and friends. She is survived by her daughter Frances Prisco; son Alan Lappin; granddaughter Alexis Prisco; three great-grandsons, and her cousins, nieces and nephews. Contributions in her memory may be made to Hadassah Medical Organization, Temple Emanu-El in Providence, or to the charity of your choice.