Obituary of Barbara C. Barry
Barbara Coughlin Barry died peacefully in her sleep on August 15, 2022 at age 100 in Pine Acres Nursing home.
She was born June 27, 1922 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, the daughter of Anna and William Coughlin. A graduate of Simmons College in Boston, she went on to serve her dietetic internship at the University of Indiana, Indianapolis. She was a staff dietician at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now Brigham and Women’s Hospital), Boston until her marriage.
She met her husband, John (Jack) H. Barry, Jr., on a blind date, and married him on October 7, 1950 in Fitchburg. They were happily married more than 64 years, until his death in 2015 at age 99.
In 1952, they moved to Madison where they raised their family. After Jack’s death, she resided at Sunrise Senior Living in Madison where the staff were exceptionally fond of her, and she them.
Barbara and Jack had a wonderful life together. They traveled extensively and had many friends from all over the world, whom they enjoyed entertaining. They loved playing golf and were long time members of Madison Golf Club and The Quechee Club in Quechee , VT where they had a vacation home. For decades they also traveled to Hutchinson Island, Florida to spend the winter – and play golf.
Mrs. Barry was a member of the Thursday Morning Club. In her time, she enjoyed the camaraderie of the group and particularly relished the art classes she took there. For 50 plus years she was also a member of the Met Bus group that visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art for ten weeks each spring and fall.
She will be deeply missed by her children Nancy (Larry) Bruce, Madison; Bill (Mary Joe) Barry, Carlsbad, CA; John (Karen) Barry, Burlington, VT; her grandchildren Kate Bruce, Matthew (Amanda) Barry; Kelsey (Adam) Williams; Maggie Barry; Kevin (Jordan) Barry; Christopher Barry; her great grandchildren Elizabeth Bruce; Elly and Jack Barry.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her sister Marguerite Irene Coughlin.
She was happy to celebrate her 100th birthday with her children.
A Memorial Mass is planned for Saturday, August 27, 10 am at St. Vincent the Martyr Church where she was a long time parishioner. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery.
Contributions may be made in Barbara's memory to the Thursday Morning Club, PO Box 345, Madison, NJ 07940.
Arrangements are under the care of Burroughs, Kohr & Dangler Funeral Home, Madison, NJ
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