Beryl Doris Barnes

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Beryl Doris Barnes

October 09, 1925 - December 30, 2018

Beryl Doris Barnes Rockport, MA - Beryl Doris Barnes, 93, of Rockport, Mass., wife of the late David H. Barnes, passed away at Addison Gilbert Hospital in the early morning of Sunday, December 30, 2018. Beryl was born in Reading, Mass., on October 9, 1925, the daughter of the late Chester and Lois (Slater) Cook. She grew up in Reading, graduated from Reading High School, and settled there after marrying David in 1946. Beryl and David raised four children together. They owned three boats, each named RiKeDoDe I, II, and III—named after their four children and relished their time on the ocean. Beryl was active in the Reading community throughout her life. She held multiple jobs over the course of her life, but her most beloved was her own catering business “Cook’s Delight” and her retirement job as a Crossing Guard at 5 Corners, Rockport, where she kept the little ones of Rockport safe for over 12 years. Beryl always loved the beach and once they retired to their dream home in Rockport, she delighted in her time spent there. Beryl was well-known as a classy dresser and aficionado of hats; on any given day she could be seen rocking a pink Army ball cap or an eclectic hat adorned with a flower. An animal lover through and through, Beryl owned multiple family dogs. Her true companion Maggie, a lab/shepherd mutt, predeceased her this past June. Beryl was truly the matriarch and delight of her family—she was loved and cherished by everyone with whom she interacted—and the feelings were mutual. She lived a beautiful, long life, and will be missed by her family and many loving, caring friends. She is survived by three children, Richard David Barnes and his wife Deborah of Maynard, Mass.; Kenneth Harry Barnes and his wife Louise of Lawrence, Mass.; Deborah Ann Hayward and her husband Peter of Milton, N.H.; grandchildren, Kevin Michael Barnes and his wife Jane, Heather Jean Cutler and her husband Kevin, U.S. Army Captain Elizabeth Lois Simonsen and her husband Captain Aaron Simonsen, Ashley Jean Hendrickson and her husband Ryan; and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband David; her son Donald Irving Barnes; her sister Audrey Graustein Belle; and her brother Chester Arthur Cook.
There will be a Celebration of her Life on Saturday, January 5, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Greely Funeral Home at 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA. A service will be held at 3 p.m. officiated by her nephew, Rev. Alan Graustein. Family and friends are cordially invited. The burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to The Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, 781-237-3800,, or the MSPCA-Angell, 617-522-7400, Online condolences may be given at
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Cathy Griffin Thigpen
Jan 07, 2019
What a beautiful tribute to your Mom Debbie. I remember going to your house whether after school or on the weekend. Your Mom was always smiling, and a gentle woman if my memory serves me correctly. Going to The Rex Trailer Show and Bozo The Clown with you. You and your family helped me have a wonderful childhood. Thank you for the beautiful memories. In comfort and healing, love Cathy.
Betty and Bob Slater
Jan 06, 2019
Beryl and David was so kind to Bob and to me when we visited in her home in Reading, Mass. We loved our chance of being there with her enjoying a meal with them. The last week of before her death she called us in Atlanta, Georgia to wish us a Merry Christmas. She was always thinking of others. She was a grand person. Your life is so much richer if you knew Beryl!
Marie and Howie Carr
Jan 05, 2019
Marie and I fondly remember having breakfast many years ago in Virginia Beach with Beth, Aaron, Pete, Deb, and of course BB. What a classy Lady.