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Barbara J. Mooney Muldoon, 79, formerly of Dorchester and West Roxbury, later of Arlington and Rockport, passed away peacefully at her home on November 12. Barbara was an enthusiastic, joyful, gentle, and absolutely indomitable woman, and the heart and soul of her family.
Barbara was a member of the Girls Latin School Class of 1956, and was awarded the Latin Prize at her graduation. She attended Manhattanville College, where she majored in Economics and minored in Art History. After college, Barbara completed the Radcliffe Program in Business Administration and earned her certificate as a Chartered Financial Analyst. She worked at Loomis, Sayles & Company for 10 years.
Barbara married Robert J. Muldoon, Jr. in 1968. Their son, Andrew, and twins, Catherine and Timothy, were born in rapid succession and in 1971 the family moved to Arlington, where Barbara and Robert Muldoon have lived ever since.
From 1984 until her retirement in 2016, Barbara was a member of the Arlington Public Library Board of Trustees. She was resolute that libraries should promote equality by providing free resources for all members of the public. Barbara was also a longtime member of the Ladies Committee at the Museum of Fine Arts and past chair of the MFA Gallery Instructors. In 2005, Barbara co-chaired the committee that produced “The Boston Tea Party: Brewing Innovation,” the National Docent Symposium.
Barbara had an unparalleled gift for friendship. In her final months, Barbara connected with her wonderful home health aides and companions, Agnes Nagawa, Allen Namugga, Carol Burroughs, Josephine Conneely, Maria Kobusingye, and Nicole Daukas. The Muldoon family wishes to thank them, as well as Celtic Angels, Inc. and Beacon Hospice, for their care and love for Barbara. Barbara’s friend and caregiver, Stephanie Tocantins, helped fill Barbara’s final months with joy and laughter.
Barbara was predeceased by her parents, John and Agnes Mooney of West Roxbury. She is survived by her beloved husband, Robert J. Muldoon, Jr. of Arlington; son, Andrew Robert Muldoon of Denver, Colo.; daughter, Catherine Lane Muldoon and son-in-law, Thomas Lawton of Somerville; son, Timothy John Muldoon of Arlington; grandsons, Aidan and Rory Muldoon of Denver, Colo.; sisters, Martha M. Mooney of Cambridge and Susan Lane Mooney Hughes and brother-in-law, Edward F.X. Hughes of Chicago; sister-in-law, Mary Muldoon of Cambridge; brother-in-law, John Muldoon and Margaret Randall of South Portland, Maine; and brother-in-law, James Muldoon of Bristol, R.I. She was a beloved aunt to Margaret and Dean DelSignore, Robert Francis Muldoon, Jessica Muldoon and Todd Chretien, Amy and Scott Muldoon, Edward F.X. Hughes III, John Patrick Hughes and Kristen Welker, and Dempsey Lane Hughes. She also leaves many beloved cousins and great-nieces and nephews.
Visiting Hours -- Friends may call at the Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut Street, Arlington, on Wednesday, November 15, 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Eulalia Church in Winchester on November 16. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Arlington Libraries Foundation at http://www.arlingtonlibrariesfoundation.org/donate or Arlington Libraries Foundation, 700 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476.
Published on  November 14, 2017
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