Barron of Blog Wife, Kids, and the Pursuit of Happiness

13Jan/06Off

She Will Be Missed

My father's mother has recently passed. She was a well loved and respected matriarch of the Barron clan, and I already miss her very much. But she led a full life right up until it's end, and I am glad that she was with us as long as she was. Her obituary follows:

Sue Clark Barron, 92, of Worcester, Massachusetts and Prospect Harbor, Maine died peacefully January 11, 2006 at UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester.

She will be remembered for her love of books, learning, and libraries; Maine and gardening; her concern for the environment; her enjoyment of lively political discussions, cocktail parties, good movies, bridge, and difficult crossword puzzles. All who knew and loved her will miss her unfailing good cheer and her uncanny ability to make all feel welcome.

Her husband of 37 years, Tilton M. Barron, died in 1984. She is survived by her three sons and their families: James and Linda Barron of Brookfield, Massachusetts; William and Shelley Barron of Newton, Massachusetts; and John and Cathy Barron of West Lafayette, Indiana. She was devoted to her grandchildren: Jeremy, Katie, Jonathan, Laura, Jeffrey, Julie, Michael, and Daniel; and her two great-grandchildren, Samuel and Emma. She also leaves two nephews, Rob and David Clark, of State College, Pennsylvania.

She was born May 5, 1913 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania to William and Marie (Horn) Clark. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BA in 1934, where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She received a BS from the Columbia University School of Library Science in 1936, and pursued post-graduate studies at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Sue worked as a librarian at Pennsylvania State University, New York Public Library, City College of New York, and Forest Grove Junior High School in Worcester, Massachusetts.
She was a member of the following institutions or societies: Dickens Fellowship; Friends of the Dorcas Library, Prospect Harbor, Maine; New England Wild Flower Society; Worcester Art Museum; and the Worcester County Horticultural Society.

At her request, there will be no funeral service. Family and friends will gather for a celebratory cocktail party at the cabin in Maine this summer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the following organizations or charities: American Civil Liberties Union; Audubon Society; Compassion & Choices; Dorcas Library in Prospect Harbor, Maine; Eleanor Widener Dixon Memorial Clinic in Gouldsboro, Maine; Heifer Project Int.; Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center in Bangor, Maine; and Planned Parenthood.

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