Barbara Snow

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  • - Bill and Vaun Healey
  • - Sharyn Healey Pulsifer
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SNOW Barbara (Healey) of East Boston on December 3, 2015. Cherished wife of the late William Snow. Loving mother of Stephanie Snow of Arlington, MA, William and his wife Alisha of Longmeadow, MA, Allison Snow of East Boston, MA, and Christopher and his wife Mary of East Boston, MA. Treasured “Nana” to Atticus Fletcher, Ansel Marek, and Aidric Healey Snow of Longmeadow, MA and Mackenzie Joy Snow of East Boston, MA. Beloved Daughter of the late Philip and Monica (Joy) Healey. Survived by brothers Kenneth Healey of Peabody, MA and William Healey of Lenoir, NC. Loving sister to the late Philip, John, James, and Evelyn Healey. Loving aunt to many nephews and nieces. Barbara was born in East Boston in 1938 and spent her childhood and young adulthood in Eagle Hill. She grew up as the youngest in a large family of brothers she loved dearly. She graduated from East Boston High School in 1955, where she was recognized as “Most Popular.” Ambitious, Barbara enrolled at Bentley College, where she was one of a handful of women to receive a degree in Accounting. In the late 1960s, Barbara met and fell in love with Bill Snow from Jamaica Plain. They would go on to be married in November 1970 a wedding that Barbara enjoyed talking about for her entire life. “The band played very late; nobody wanted to leave” Barbara would say when she remembered her wedding. She credited Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn as having inspired her lifelong enthusiasm for reading. She took her children to the library many times during any given week, and instilled a legacy of appreciation for literature and reading. Barbara and Bill raised four children in East Boston and she deepened her roots to her original community. Friends and neighbors might run into Barbara at swimming lessons at the Umana Harborside, baseball practice at Noyes Park, Girl Scouts at Grace Church, and later basketball and football games to cheer on either of her sons at St. Dominic Savio. Often, she could be found at either of the East Boston branch libraries, scouring the shelves for “mysteries” or “Westerns” she had not yet read. In 1990, Barbara turned her attention to caring for Bill, who had suffered a debilitating stroke. Barbara cared for her husband with love, compassion, and overwhelming dedication. Her strength was an inspiration to her children. After Bill passed away in 1995, she worked for many years at the Orient Heights library, an environment she loved and had shared with her own children. She thoroughly enjoyed being a Library Assistant at the Orient Heights library, where she helped others foster their own love for reading. When Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2005, she didn’t veer from her typical traits of resilience, courage, and independence. She was remarkably brave, and battled this disease for ten years with dignity. Barbara’s family would like to thank the staff at the Belmont Manor, especially Grace, Johnny, Raudaline, Gloria, Marie, Jonathan, Anasta, and Charles, as well as owners Stewart and Susan Karger. These individuals provided Barbara with compassion, warmth, and safety, while her family continued to provide love and affection. For that, they are eternally grateful. Funeral from the Magrath Funeral Home 325 Chelsea Street (at Day Sq.), EAST BOSTON. Wednesday morning December 9 at 9:15 A.M. Funeral Mass in The Sacred Heart Church at 10 o'clock. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours Tuesday, December 8 from 4:00 P.M. 8:00 P.M. Indoor parking and entrance available from 340 Bremen Street. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Barbara’s memory to the MA/NH, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

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Boston, MA 02128
(617) 567-0910
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Published in Boston Herald from Dec. 6 to Dec. 8, 2015
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