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Carolyn L. Barkley

Waynesboro, Virginia

Dec 16, 1947 - May 12, 2013

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What a great spirit. It was Virginia Beach's loss when she retired to Roseland. Carolyn left her marks - in genealogy, in our libraries and societies, and personally with her expansive knowledge, directness and wit. What a friend. I so appreciate knowing and working with her. We are so sorry to have only recently learned of your loss. May your happier memories of Carolyn help ease your painful loss.

Dear Kelley, As one of your grandfather's first students at Longm.HS, I stayed in touch with him, your grandmother, and your mother over the years. I am with you in spirit with all the good memories. Best wishes, Jane Helmchen

I did not know Carolyn personally but I do feel that I have lost a friend. I have read her writings on genealogy for a long time. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Cleda Taubin, Harrisonburg, Va.

Kelley and family,
My knowledge of your mother is merely through her writings for I enjoyed her writings and have saved them for my personal family research. I feel as though I knew her through her articles. She will be missed by many who knew her in this way. You have a wonderful heritage in Carolyn. With sincere sympathy, Betsy Chambers

To Carolyn's family,
I am a high school classmate of Carolyn's from East Longmeadow. I was so sorry to learn first on Saturday of your Grandma, Mrs Lopes death. She was our school librarian and I have very fond memories of her from our high school days. But I was totally stunned to learn that the very next day Carolyn died. What a shock. She was such a bright star in our class and as nice as she was smart. It would be no surprise to her friends and colleagues now that she was voted by...

I'm so sorry about Carolyn. We worked together at the library for over 20 years and I could always count on her for good advice whenever I needed it. My thoughts are with you.

Dear Kelley and Family,
I worked with Carolyn at VBPL for many years. She was one of the smartest people I have known. I also remember her beautiful knitting and the fun parties at her and Bo's home. I am so sorry for your loss.

Dear Kelley and family, Kate & I are so, so sorry to hear this. Carolyn has been preparing family history manuscripts for our clients for many years. (I was so happy when she retired because she had more time to do this!) With her expert skills, she could satisfy even the pickiest people -- and she'd never let people beat her down. I'll miss her spunkiness, her accountability and her great big heart.

I was shocked and saddened when I learned of Carolyn's passing. I knew her both as a librarian and a genealogist -- she was my go-to person for research questions in genealogy. I will miss her. My condolences to the family.


Carolyn's Obituaries

Carolyn Linda (Lopes) Barkley, 65, of Wintergreen, VA passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Augusta Health. Born December 16, 1947 in Springfield, MA, she was the daughter of the late Olivio and Lois (Smith) Lopes. She was the granddaughter of Clifford F. Smith, long time City Clerk of...

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