Barbara A. DeVorken, of Brookline, MA, passed away on Christmas Day, 2020 in her apartment on Green Street. Barb was a friend to all animals and donated over $1000 annually to the Animal Rescue League of Boston. She is survived by her beloved mini poodle, Amanda Rose. There is no memorial planned, but donations may be made to a local animal rescue league. As a child, Barb loved to take the train into New York City with her father, the late Frank Joseph DeVorken of Middlebury, CT and Boca Raton, FL. She attended Salve Regina University in Newport, RI and spent her adult life in Boston and Brookline. Barb had a beautiful garden on her deck in the warmer months, filling it with flowers and plants. She spent many hours there, chatting with neighbors and doting on their dogs. She remembered anniversaries and birthdays, and liked to lavish her neighbors' dogs with treats, which she would leave in pretty gift bags at the bottom of the stairwell. Barb kept the community of Green Street apartments in line, and could often be heard yelling at residents to dispose of their trash in the correct manner. While it was not fun to be on the receiving end of this, many residents appreciated her willingness to keep the community to a high standard. Most importantly, Barb was deep down a warm and generous person. Her friends will miss her dearly.
Published in The Brookline Tab from Jan. 26 to Jan. 28, 2021.