Virginia Barrett

Virginia Barrett

1922 - 2013 TOWNSHEND Virginia Mulford Barrett, "Ginna," 90, died at Valley Cares Assisted Living in Townshend, on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

She was born on Nov. 29, 1922, in Westfield, N.J., to Eleanor Naething and Roy Mulford. She grew up in Westfield with an early Montessori education and graduated from Westfield High School where she was voted "Best Dressed."

She had three brothers, Roy ("Buddy", deceased), Guy ("Bubby") and Randy and one younger sister, Mary Lane ("Bay").

On April 11, 1942, she married Russell R. (Bob) Barrett, Jr. who served as a naval aviator in the Pacific Theater of World War II. During the war, she lived for a short time in California and Florida where two of their three children were born. After the war, they made their home in Westfield, N.J.

While Ginna and Bob made their permanent home in Westfield, they always had a dream of moving to Vermont. In 1968, they bought a fixer-upper in Grafton, and moved there in 1969. They made a new life together and became involved in the community. Bob opened a real estate office and Ginna became a member of the Grafton Women's Club and the Grafton Historical Society. She collected antiques and had a beautiful antique glass collection.

Ginna enjoyed skiing with her family and her extended family, many of her nieces spent time in the house in Grafton. Lasagna and brownies were a big part of the menu for the extended family. She also loved trout fishing and kept a rod in the back of her station wagon in case she encountered a likely looking stream along her way.

She was a champion golfer and won numerous club championships at Echo Lake Country Club in New Jersey, at Stratton Mountain Golf Club, and Tater Hill Golf Club in Vermont. She also enjoyed skeet shooting, crossword puzzles, board games and cards, especially bridge, and most times, she was the winner.

An accomplished homemaker, she was particularly skilled at making curtains and outfitted all of her husband's offices and their home and also her children's homes. She also taught others how to make curtains and in particular her niece, Patsy Pauels, who reports making curtains for herself and her own family and friends for years.

Ginna also enjoyed the Jersey Shore and spent many family summers there. Later in life she and her husband would escape Vermont winters and spend several months each year in Boca Grande, Fla. This was also a popular opportunity for family to visit and spend time together.

A straight shooter, she was always encouraging and expecting the best outcome for the challenges of life's journey. She held everyone to a high level of quality and excellence. If you weren't an expert bridge player, she didn't want to play with you and she didn't go for the new rules. She liked to polish shoes and, despite her casual dress, always sported shiny shoes. She had her full faculties and was sharp as a tack, doing crossword puzzles right up to the end.

Ginna and Bob had full and accomplished lives full of family and friends. All will miss them, especially her family.

She is survived by her three children, Lynn Barrett of Dummerston Center, Russell Robinson Barrett, III and his wife Dorothy, of Northfield, and Randi Barrett and her partner, JoAnne Pereira of Elmore; three grandchildren, John Grumeza who lives in Louisville, Ky., Bobby Grumeza who lives in Burlington, and Lynna, who is married to Lachlan Barnard and lives in Australia.

The family wishes to thank Grace Cottage Hospital, Rescue Inc. and Valley Cares Assisted Living for their wonderful and dedicated staff and caregivers.

Valley Cares will dedicate its new addition to the Barretts.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A service will be held June 22, at 1 p.m. at the Houghtonville Cemetery in Grafton, followed by a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Phelps Barn, Grafton Inn, Grafton. Relatives and friends are cordially invited.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to either Rescue Inc., The Women's Club of Grafton or the Grafton Historical Society.

Published in Brattleboro Reformer from May 7 to May 8, 2013