Barbara Jean's Story

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Barbara Jean Coy, 84, formerly of Rotonda West, Fla., died on Friday evening, August 4, 2017, in the Golden Living Center following months of failing health.
Born in Gloucester on August 25, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Arthur W. and E. Blanche (Somers) Shaw, the wife of the late Dr. Willard A. Coy, and the sister of the late Albin S. Olson.
Barbara was a lifelong artist. She first learned to paint in Rockport under the guidance of Iver Rose, a local artist who would set up paints and materials every weekend and help children learn. When she was 10, she won an award, and art was always her passion after that. She had a gallery for many years on Bearskin Neck in Rockport, where she specialized in pastel portraits. After moving to Florida in 1989, she discovered the joy of painting with watercolor, and participated in numerous workshops to learn as much she could to advance her skills. She exhibited in many juried, invitational and one woman shows throughout Florida, and was included in the Showcase of Winners at the B.I.G. Art Center on Sanibel Island and the Winner’s Circle at the Venice and Englewood Art Centers. She received dozens of awards, including first place and best of show. Barbara’s paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Europe, including the Barnett Bank’s permanent collection.
She leaves a son, Thorne Tasker of Anchorage, Alaska; a sister, Marilyn Shaw Paul and her husband, Douglass of Henniker, N.H.; sister-in-law, Nancy M. Olson of Gloucester; nephews, Jaxon Sheehy of Salem, Mass. and Geoffrey Sheehy of Rapid City, S.D.; nieces, Amanda Orfanos of Gloucester and Heidi Reardon of Kittery, Maine; grandsons, Kerry Tasker and Tiger Tasker of Anchorage, Alaska, and Matthew Abel of Amherst, Mass.; and a cousin, Geraldine Gabryluk of Malta, N.Y.
Tomorrow is never guaranteed. Please take a moment today to let your family and friends know that you love them. At Barbara’s request, services will be held privately by the family. In keeping with her passion for painting, the family encourages you to help a child play with and learn about art, including visits to galleries and art museums. You never know where it might lead! Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, MA. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  August 9, 2017
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