Carolyn (Brown) Barney
Carolyn “Bonnie” (Brown) Barney, 71, a longtime resident of both Ipswich
and Gloucester, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 5, 2020, as a
leap-year baby, just shy of her eighteenth birthday. Her passing comes at
the end of a brief battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Bonnie was the wife of
the late Jim Barney of Ipswich and Hamilton, and the mother of Mason
Barney of New York, New York, and Caroline Cohen of Medford.
Bonnie was the daughter of
the late William G. Brown and Jane P. Brown. She was the fourth of six
siblings. They all grew up on Eastern Point in Gloucester. She was the
valedictorian of her Gloucester High School, class of 1965, and went on to
receive her B.A. in History/American Studies from Smith College in 1970.
Following graduation, Bonnie worked as a
business consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (starting just two
years after BCG hired its first female consultant), and then at an early
computer startup called Entrex, before taking time to raise her two
children. Upon having children, Bonnie and Jim moved to Ipswich, where
they both spent the remainder of their lives.
Bonnie was extremely active in local volunteer
work, serving as the President of the Friends of the Ipswich Public
Library and President of the Friends of the Winthrop School. She was also
active in the Ipswich Garden Club, the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, and
the Ipswich Yacht Club. In later life, Bonnie held a variety of jobs,
including as the Librarian at the Ipswich Middle School, as a stock option
administrator at Wellfleet Communications, and at Avid Technologies, and
as the Children’s Librarian at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library.
Bonnie loved boating, the beach, flowers, and
gardening. Before her failing health in recent years, she and Jim could
often be found in their garden or on boating adventures, usually to Crane
Beach with friends.
In addition to her two children she is survived by
her daughter-in-law Jaclyn Okin Barney; and granddaughter Julia Barney,
both of New York; her son-in-law Josh Cohen; and two grandsons Ethan and
Alex Cohen, all of Medford; four sisters, Judith Ryan of Gloucester, Joan
Herrmann of Essex, Barry Hamill of Florida, Melinda McAra of Catuamet; a
brother William G. Brown IV of Gloucester; and many nephews and nieces.
Her funeral service will be held at 11 am, Friday
January 10, in the First Congregational Church of Hamilton, 624 Bay Road,
Hamilton, followed by a reception. Family and friends are respectfully
welcomed. Visiting hours are Thursday 4 to 7 pm in the Whittier-Porter
Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Interment will be held at a later
In her memory, please plant beautiful flowers,
enjoy the sunsets and if interested, make memorial contributions in her
name to Generous Gardners of Gloucester
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