Barbara Edson Terry
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WWII Veteran, U.S. Navy
Barbara Edson Terry, (formerly Driscoll and Nichols), age 90 years, died November 30 after a full and active life and a struggle in her final years with dementia. She was born on August 21, 1922, in Philadelphia, PA to Julia Delacey Beck and J. Dickson Edson, the first of their four children. Barbara grew up in the Philadelphia area, Manhasset Long Island, NY and Long Beach Island, NJ. She graduated from Bradford Jr. College in 1942 and joined the U.S. Navy during WWII on a dare from her father.
During her Navy service she met and married Jeremiah P. Driscoll of Appleton, WI, a marriage which lasted 14 years and blessed her with three children. Jerry's work took them from West Norwalk, CT and Pound Ridge, NY to various locations around the country, but in 1956 Barbara returned to West Norwalk with her children. In 1959 Barbara married Frederick H. Nichols, moved to Rowayton, CT, and enjoyed sailing, theater, and their companionship until his death. In 1968 Barbara married Michael H. Terry and moved to Noroton and then to Essex, CT in 1972. Although the marriage did not endure, Barbara loved her home on Middle Cove where she enjoyed the birds and swans, gardening, her family and friends, music, and much laughter. Essex was her true home. Barbara worked at Soundings magazine for many years, loved her days at Mile Creek, and banjo nights at the Gris.
Barbara is survived by her three children: Sharon Driscoll, of Lakeville, CT, Michael Driscoll and his wife Geri of Fairfield, CT, and Peter Driscoll and his wife Anne of York Harbor, ME. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Christina and Sean Driscoll, as well as her stepson Michael Terry of Pawcatuck, CT and his children Sarah and Jesse Terry. Barbara's sister Elizabeth Skipper of Keene, NH and brother J. Dickson Edson of Appalachin, NY also survive. Barbara was predeceased by her brother Charles of Westminster, VT.
A service was held at the Essex Congregational Church on Decemeber 3, 2012 followed by interment overlooking the water at Riverview Cemetary. Memorial donations may be made to the Essex Garden Club ( PO Box 936, Essex, CT. 06426) or the Noble Horizons Auxiliary (17 Cobble Road, Salisbury, CT, 06068).
Published in The Hour on Dec. 6, 2012