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Official Obituary of

Mary T Barrett

September 27, 1928 ~ February 15, 2024 (age 95) 95 Years Old

Mary Barrett Obituary

Mary Barrett died peacefully on February 15th, 2024, after a brief illness. She was surrounded by family. Mary moved in with her grandniece and grandnephew Jane & Darrell Draper of Hyde Park in February of 2022 where she resided until her death. 

She was born in "the" Bronx NY on September 27, 1928, the daughter of Irish immigrants, Catherine (known as Mama) and John Barrett.  Mary was the youngest and longest living child out of their 12 children.  She is predeceased by her siblings: Hannah Barrett Reen, Richard Barrett, David Barrett, John Barrett, Christine Barrett O'Connor, John Joseph Barrett, Catherine Barrett O'Connor, James Barrett, William Barrett, Dennis Barrett and Thomas Barrett. Mary is survived by family all over the world.  Many local families include:  Reen, Tricomi, Fagnant, Boland, Draper and Cafferky.

Mary lived most of her life in the Bronx, working in the Bronx and Manhattan, NY. Mary worked at the Dewitt Nursing Home in Manhattan, NY for several years as the Activity Director. This was our artist’s dream job.  She taught her patients drawing, painting, paper mâché, clay sculpting and so much more.  She enjoyed her career and patients immensely. 

She retired in 1985 and moved to Morrisville, VT to be near her very large family, including her sister Hannah Reen and her many nieces and nephews. Mary was a huge presence in the lives of her niece, Christina Tricomi and her children: Peggy Cafferky Draper, Bill Cafferky, Jane Cafferky Draper and Christoper Cafferky and all the Reen families. Mary was loved by her niece Peg O'Connor and the rest of the O'Connor’s and Barrett's and their families.  Mary held several names by her five generation family:  Auntie M, M, M'ie, Aunt and Mary Barrett.  All titles were said with love and reverence. She will be dearly missed by all.

Mary enjoyed the simple things in life.  The dew on the morning grass or spider webs, the first flowers that popped their heads up in the spring out of her amazing flower beds, the first Robins looking to catch a worm, the Blue Jays stealing the birdseed from the chickadees, a beautiful moon rise or rainbow.  She found pleasure in all things big and small and tried to pass that on to other generations.  Mary was a self-taught artist and photographer.  Her paintings of the Bunratty Castle, Peggy's Cove and others hang in the homes of her beloved nieces and great-grand nephews.  You would always find a movie camera or a camera in her hands capturing the lives and memories of her immense 5 generation family.  You could always count on receiving a card for your special occasion or birthday.  She had a memory like a steel trap and could list anyone and everyone's birthday and names without hesitation until the day of her death. Don't challenge her, because you would have lost.  Mary passed on her love of photography, music and art to many of her nieces and nephews in several generations.  Mary would orchestrate themed parties for many occasions that were always a hit with young and old. She recorded many family memories and 75+ years of history through her photography and scrapbooks.

Mary was a very independent woman and asked nothing of anyone.  Maintaining her own home until she sold it.  Shoveling her house roof well into her 80's.  She lived her life her way which even included when it came time to leave this world. She did it her way. She was in inspiration to the weak of heart.

Mary died at home which could not have happened without the help of her great-grand nieces, Christina Callahan and KellyAnn Draper and great-great-grand nieces and nephews, Dana, Rhyon, Celbie Callahan, Kamdon Draper and Kyndra Barup-Draper.  They were a bright spot in M's life.  Also the incredible staff and volunteers at Lamoille Home Health & Hospice.  The work these folks do to support the client, caregivers and family is beyond amazing. Mary appreciated everyone's care and kindness.

Mary loved God and the Blessed Mother.  You could often see her saying her rosary in the evening or attending Saturday afternoon mass at Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.  She was ready and waiting for God to call her home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will celebrate Mary at Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Morrisville, Saturday, the 24th of February, 2024 at 11:00am. 

The interment service will take place in St. Theresa Cemetery, Hyde Park, VT on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 1:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory would be appreciated to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, PO BOX 828 Morrisville, VT 05661 or Lamoille Home Health & Hospice to purchase Caregiver Grief Books, 54 Farr Ave Morrisville, VT 05661. Arrangements are with the des Groseilliers Funeral Home. Condolences and memories of Mary may be shared with her family at dgfunerals.com.

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Services

Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday
February 24, 2024

11:00 AM
Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church
315 Brooklyn Street
Morrisville, VT 05843

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