GREENFIELD - Barbara (Moran) Brickett, 87, of Greenfield, died on Monday (3-5-12) at Baystate Franklin Medical Center.
Barbara was born Sept. 26, 1924 in Kobe, Japan, to Congregational missionary parents, Sherwood Ford and Ursul (Reeves) Moran. She attended Canadian Academy in pre-war Kobe until 1939 and after coming to the United States graduated from Newton High School, Newton, in 1942. She graduated from Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, in 1945 with a BS in Psychology. She worked at the Belgian Economic Mission in Washington, D.C., before moving to New York City to work at The Psychological Corporation.
Barbara was married in New York City on Feb. 22, 1947 to John A. Brickett, who died June 28, 2002 after 56 years of marriage.
Barbara and John moved to Greenfield in 1953, upon which Barbara led an extremely active life as a contributing member of her community. Among the many organizations and associations for which she volunteered were the Franklin County Association for Retarded Children (now the United Arc of Franklin and Hampshire Counties), the Girl Scouts, the Four Corners PTA, the Greenfield Visiting Nurse Association, the American Association of University Women, the Fresh Air Fund and the Junior SPCC Thrift Shop.
She loved the YMCA in Greenfield, especially her daily swims and water aerobics. She was a voracious reader and played bridge every week with her Tuesday Afternoon Group at the Greenfield Senior Center. She loved Japanese art, tennis and traveling, especially cruising and vacations with her family on Cape Cod. She was known for her historically authentic hand-braided rugs and for her diligent production of knitted helmet-liners for servicemen and women.
She was a longtime active member of the First Congregational Church of Greenfield and active in many of its Women's Fellowship projects.
She will be greatly missed by those who survive her: daughters, Diane E. Brickett Allis, Gwen Brickett (Charles von Laudermann), Bonnie Brickett (Dr. James Bengtson), and Janice Brickett (Phillip Cavazos); grandchildren, Daniel Allis (Nicole Gregoire-Allis), Katy Allis-Paredes (Walter Paredes), Brickett Allis, Emily Bengtson and Jakob Cavazos; her foster grandchild, Anthony Rocha; and great-grandchildren, Justus Allis-Paredes and Nathaniel Gregoire-Allis.
Barbara's family sincerely thanks her caretakers and friends at The Arbors, especially Elizabeth Waimiru.
At Barbara's request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of her favorite charities, Doctors Without Borders (doctorswithoutborders.org
), the First Congregational Church of Greenfield, or NELCWIT (nelcwit.org
A celebration of Barbara's life will be held on Friday, March 9, at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St., Greenfield, MA, 01301.
Arrangements are under the direction of Walker Funeral Home, 14 High St., Greenfield.