Ronan Barbara Bowen Gould, 79

Jul 26, 2022

Ronan Barbara Bowen Gould, of Buzzards Bay, died Thursday July 21st peacefully in her home.  She was born May 9th, 1943, in Daytona Beach, FL.

She was the daughter of Virginia Berry of Bourne, MA, and James Bowen Jr. of Jacksonville, FL.

Ronan came to Onset, MA in 1953 and resided with her maternal aunt & uncle Harriot Berry & Harold Hatch.

She attended Wareham High School graduating in 1961. In 1960 she was chosen as the American Field Service exchange student to Bakirkoy, Turkey.  Other accomplishments include 5 years as band majorette, treasurer of the National Honor Society, and 4 year student council member.  She graduated from Wilfred Academy in 1962.

Ronan married G. Michael Besse in 1963 and lived in Onset, MA, with their only child Lynne Michelle born in 1965. Ronan married Doug Gould 1979 in Potterplace, NH. She retired from Proctor Academy after 25 years. Her favorite job there was managing the student lounge, “The Den”.

She founded Ro’s Garden in 1984 and was certified Organic by the state of NH.  

Her many interests included raising animals, gardening, travel, photography, snorkeling, and rollerblading. She and her canine companion were frequent hikers of the mountains — their quaint country home.

She is survived by her daughter, Lynne Besse-Carey and her husband Stephen of Buzzards Bay, MA. Stepdaughters Gina & Greg Wagner of Bristol, NH. Melissa & Michael Byrd of Dover, NH, two grandchildren Kayla Wagner and Max Byrd. Her stepmother Phyllis Bowen Reynolds of Asheville, NC.

She lived a full life enjoying all aspects of weather and sports of the season. Her faith was strong and considered Mother Nature her best friend.

A celebration of life is being planned.  In honor of her memory, donations can be made to the Doberman Rescue of the Triad