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Barbara K. Boughton

1947 - 2014 GLENDALE Barbara K. Boughton died on Aug. 10, 2014 in the same way in which she lived: with dignity, grace, and courage. Barbara was born in Brooklyn on Jan. 30, 1947 to Mildred and Marvin Kahn. She spent most of her adult life here in Berkshire County, Mass. It is here where she had a profound impact on this beautiful and caring community. She graduated from The Rhode Island School of Design and used her incredible artistic and aesthetic sensibilities to bring such beauty to countless people and their homes. She befriended most of her clients for life. Barbara's additional passion was making herself, the community, and the world a more peaceful place. She was the Director of "The Center for Peace through Culture" based here in Berkshire County. She worked diligently to enrich our community through CPC's initiatives and a philosophy that employed the psychology of peace. Barbara's spiritual path called "Higher Self Yoga" and her teacher helped her evolve into an incredible human being and take those spiritual lessons and apply them to real life situations in order to bring peace and joy to others. And oh, how she loved to dance! Salsa, ballroom, and Zumba Fitness were all part of her repertoire. Her husband had a hard time keeping up! Barbara leaves a husband, Steve Small, who knows that their love was a true and complete one, her mother, Mildred Kahn, a brother, Andrew Kahn, sister-in-law, Sheila Kahn, niece, Dana and nephew, Jeremy Kahn, aunt, Beatrice Schwartz, cousins, Bob Schwartz and Marla Bornstein and other cousins. She was greatly loved by all. Steve's family also adored her. She leaves three step children, Gabriel Small and his wife, Leah, Ezra Small and his wife, Jamie, Terra Reilly, two grandchildren, Emily and Noah, mother-in-law, Shirley Small, brother and sister-in- law, Ed and Marge Small, niece, Julia Small and her husband, Pat, her great nephew, Alex, and nephew, Jake Small and his wife, Malli. Members of her family and spiritual sisters kept vigil by Barbara's bedside. She was and is loved by countless people here and throughout the country. The world has lost a treasure. Barbara will be cremated, and a private service will be planned by her spiritual community followed in some weeks by a service for family, friends, and the community with time and place to be announced. Travel peacefully, dear, dear one. Donations in memory of Barbara may be made to the Center for Peace through Culture or Ovarian Cancer Research Fund through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230. Remembrances may be sent to her family through www.finnertyandstevens.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 13, 2014
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