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Rachel May Stratton Barber

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Rachel May Stratton Barber Obituary
Rachel May Stratton Barber was called home by her Lord on January 20, 2018. She was the last surviving child of Burt and Edna May Harrington Stratton.

Born in Bennington on December 9, 1922, she was a graduate of Bennington High School and Castleton State College. She was affiliated with the Bennington Southwest Rural School District and taught at Barber and Oak Hill Schools in Pownal and Bushnell and Hicks Schools in Bennington. During World War II, she enlisted in the United States Navy and served her tour of duty at Fleet Post Office New York and Fleet Post Office San Francisco.

Following her Honorable Discharge, she was married on May 16, 1946, to Cyron M. Barber at Portsmouth, Virginia, by the Reverend Harold Hughes, Pastor of the Portsmouth Methodist Church. Two children were born to them, June Tegenkamp of Roanoke, Virginia (Gary), and Mark of Lighthouse Point and Okeechobee, Florida (Patricia).

Following Lt. Barber's death aboard the USS Bennington in 1954, the family moved to Pompano Beach, Florida, where she continued her teaching career for the next twenty-five years.

She was an avid gardener, raising orchids, bromeliads, and palms; a world traveler; and a hobby genealogist. She was Regent of Fontenada Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and until recently active in her Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by siblings Smith Stratton, Frank Stratton, and June Stratton Reynolds.

In addition to her children, surviving are four grandchildren: Emily Pease, Charlotte, North Carolina; Andrew Tegenkamp, Christiansburg, Virginia; Pamela Barber, Atlanta, Georgia; and Mark Barber, Junior, Lighthouse Point, Florida; and four great-grandchildren: Elijah Tegenkamp, Lauren Pease, Allison Pease, and Tyler Pease; also niece Jacqueline Towne, nephews R.J. Reynolds, John Stratton, Smith Stratton III; and brother-in-law Robert Reynolds.

Burial will be in the family plot at the White Chapel Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

The family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same. But, as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 23, 2018
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