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Barbara E. McGhee

MILLERTON — Barbara E. McGhee, 84, a 55-year resident of Millerton and most recently of Salisbury, since 2008, died peacefully on Dec. 8, 2020, at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Canaan. Barbara worked for Delson’s Dept. Store in Millerton for 12 years prior to becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant at Noble Horizons in Salisbury, Conn. where she retired with 17 years of dedicated service. 

Born July 19, 1936 in Sharon, Conn., she was the daughter of the late Burnis and Catherine (Murphy) Cole. She attended Immaculate Conception School in Amenia, N.Y. and married James D. McGhee on August 22, 1954 at Immaculate Conception Church in Amenia. Mr. McGhee died May 26, 2010. 

Barbara volunteered at Sharon Hospital for many years and was a hospice volunteer at Sharon for over seven years. 

She was an avid gardener and enjoyed listening to Big Band and Swing music in her spare time. 

For many years she participated in the Berkshire Women’s Bowling League and she also loved animals. Her kindness and thoughtfulness will be remembered by all those who knew and loved her. 

Barbara is survived by her sister-in-law, Carol Cole of Clifton Park, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews and many friends. 

In addition to her parents and her beloved husband, Jim, she was predeceased by her sister, Margaret Burgoon of Voorheesville, N.Y.; and two brothers, Burnis Cole of Clifton Park and Robert Cole of Ancramdale.

Private graveside services and burial took place Dec. 10 at Irondale Cemetery in Millerton, the Rev. Robert K. Wilson officiating. 

A memorial Mass in Barbara’s honor will be held in the future at Immaculate Conception Church in Amenia.  

Memorial contributions may be made to The Corner Food Pantry, P.O. Box 705, Lakeville, CT 06039. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home in Millerton. To send an online condolence to the family, go to www.conklinfuneralhome.com.

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