Barbara Chase (Newhall) Ames of
Ipswich, formerly of Swampscott, passed away on January 8, 2018,
at the age of 91, after a long illness. Barbara was the daughter
of the late Kenneth C. Newhall and Gladys M. (Beliveau) Newhall,
of Swampscott. She was born September 24, 1926 in West Palm
Beach, Florida, mere days after the great Miami hurricane. Her
mother spent the day of the hurricane hiding under the kitchen
table while pregnant with Barbara. Fortunately, both were
unharmed. She was raised in Swampscott, graduated from
Swampscott High School, and went on to earn her Associate
Degree from the School of Practical Art on Newbury
Street in Boston. After getting her degree, Barbara worked as a
commercial artist for the shoe industry in Boston and Beverly.
At a time when there were few
women artists working in her field,
Barbara started as one of a stable of artists in a
Boston studio before eventually opening her own studio on Beacon
Hill. Barbara worked in a freehand style, giving her shoe
drawings a distinctive look that clients admired.
As the shoe industry began to
wane, Barbara, a culinary enthusiast who idolized Julia Child,
studied cooking under Dr. Peter Rachwall, a protégé of Madeleine
Kamman, at the L’Ecole de Cuisine Moderne on Commonwealth Avenue
in Boston. She went on to cook professionally for a number of
families on the North Shore. Barbara was also a breeder of
Newfoundland dogs and successfully ran her kennel in Ipswich,
Hearts Ease Farm, for many years with her husband, Eugene. She
adored her Newfoundlands, always having at least one Newfie by
her side up into her late 80s. After retirement Barbara
continued to work as a homemaker, companion, cook, and driver
for several older women in the community. She was also a devoted
volunteer for Big Sister as well as a driver for The Red Cross.
Barbara enjoyed planning meals and cooking for her family for
special events (her family enjoyed it too). She loved jazz,
classical, and the American Songbook, and listening to music was
always part of life in her house. She was particularly fond of
going antiquing and spent many weekends scouting Todd Farm and
Salt Marsh Antiques in Rowley.
Barbara will be greatly missed by
her family and friends. She was married for twenty-seven years
to the late Eugene L. Ames (divorced). Barbara was predeceased
by her beloved son, Jeffrey E. Ames of Millville, New Jersey.
She was a loving mother to Adam E. Ames and Andrew N. Ames of
Ipswich, Lianne B. Ames and her partner Donna Cioffi of
Dorchester. Sister to William F. Newhall II of Marblehead. Dear
“Nanny” to Zackary Ames of Amesbury, and Victoria Ames of
Salisbury. And Great Grand-Nanny to month-old Emilia Ames of
Amesbury. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Devoted pet parent to Max, her Yorkshire terrier, and Henry, her
cat. The family would also like to thank her caregiver of many
years, Jackie Chudy. The family will schedule a remembrance at a
later date. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be
made in her name to SeniorCare, Inc. 49 Blackburn Center,
Gloucester, MA 01930, seniorcareinc.org.