HOBART — Marcy Barr, 70, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at her home in Hobart.
Marcy was born on Feb. 1, 1943, in Brooklyn, to Leo and Harriet Parente.
Marcy was preceded in death by her loving daughter, Karen Barr Seymour of Lake Royale, N.C.; and her sister, Renee Meltzer of Napa, Calif.
While growing up in Brooklyn she met her husband Jim, the love of her life. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a surprise party given by their children in 2010, with many family and friends.
In 1964, they moved to Selden on Long Island. Then in 1985, they moved to Hobart, to her beautiful 100 plus year old Victorian dream home.
Marcy’s accomplishments while in Selden and Hobart include: President of the Selden Civic Association, of the Mid-Brookhaven Republican Club, formed and became a charter member of the Hobart Civic Association, member of the Hobart Emergency Squad, member of the Hudson Hyland Retreads Motorcycle Club, member of the Gold Wing Motorcycle Club (MEO), formed and became a charter member of Delaware County ABATE, Charter Member of Long Island ABATE, opened Subs ‘R’ Us restaurant in Stamford, which was then sold to Big Al’s Pizzeria and is now TP’s Café.
She worked at South Kortright Central School as a Licensed Teaching Assistant where she started working in Special Education which became the passion of her life up until the end.
Marcy went back to school later in her life where she first obtained her associate’s degree in education at Empire State College, her bachelor’s of science in elementary education at SUCO and her master’s of science in special education at the College of St. Rose.
Marcy ran the Boncranna Bed & Breakfast at her Victorian home in Hobart for many years, and also opened The Hobart Café, which was subsequently sold and is now the Coffee Pot in Hobart. Marcy got her dream job working for Carousel Children’s Services in Hamden for 17 years, working with children with special needs age birth to 5 years old, until the EI program was cut. At that time, she continued doing evaluations and parent training. Then again when the EI program was cut yet again, not willing to leave the field she loved so much, Marcy continued to look for work in the field until her cancer removed any chance of her working again.
Marcy had much love for her coworkers Honey Bee and Sharon.
Marcy is survived by her husband, James Barr Sr. of Hobart; her son, James Jr. (Roseanne) Barr of Selden; her daughter, Cheryl Barr of Hobart; her son, Richard (Holly) Barr of Chicago, Ill.; as well as their nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Marcy’s passions were her loving husband, children, students, kids of any kind, people, dancing, motorcycle riding and her jewelry.
An avid planner and perfectionist at heart, Marcy took so much joy from planning events and parties that brought smiles to everyone. Marcy truly felt it was always more enjoyable giving than receiving.
Marcy felt blessed that she had time left on the earth to hear the wonderful things from all of her friends and family that usually only get said at funerals. She is so grateful for all her friends and family that made her life a truly enjoyable one. That is why she is choosing to have an open house at MacArthur Funeral Home in Hobart, for her friends to gather from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, and at 7:30 p.m. a time to hear her last words and offer up any tidbit you would like to share.
Donations to Hospice greatly appreciated. They were all so wonderful to Marcy until the end.
Those who wish to share condolences or a special memory may do so online at www.macarthurfh.com.
Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home, Hobart.