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1926 - 2013
Asheville - Jackie Barry departed this life on March 12, 2013 shortly after turning 87. Born Rosalie Jacqueline Duris, she is survived by her husband John of 64 years, 5 children, 4 sisters, 3 brothers, and their children and grandchildren.
Born and raised in Ford City, PA, when she was 19 years old Jackie left for Washington, D.C. to be part of the war effort. She shared a flat with 4 other women, and worked at the War Dept helping to write condolence messages for the families of fallen soldiers. Her abilities were quickly recognized and she was promoted to supervisor. She loved the excitement and fashions of the big city. In 1947, she met her husband-to-be, a WWII veteran, and they married in 1949.
When her twin sons were toddlers, the family moved to Japan for more than a year, then they moved to the Philippines in 1954, where their first daughter was born. In 1955 the family returned to the D.C. area, living on a small farm in what is now Potomac, MD. In 1963, Jackie was excited to embrace a new adventure when they moved to California. She raised her 5 children there, and then in the 1980s she and John moved to Port Townsend, WA, where they lived first in a house on the beach, and then on a boat. After 3 decades on the West Coast, Jackie and John relocated to Asheville where she spent the rest of her life. Here she wrote a historical romance novel, Fortunes of Fate, inspired by her early adventures in war-time Washington.
In addition to writing, Jackie was a voracious reader and had a talent for word games. She had a keen sense of fashion and was admired for the way she dressed; in the 1970s she did some modeling. She enjoyed collecting miniatures, going for walks, visiting with friends, and chatting with her children. She will always be remembered as a warm and loving person by her family and friends.
Her memorial service will be held at 11 am on March 20 at St. Eugene Parish, 72 Culvern St.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Mar. 17, 2013