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Barbara Louise Stone Neary
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Birth: Nov. 22, 1924
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jun. 19, 2012
New London County
Connecticut, USA

Barbara Louise (Stone) Callahan Neary, 87, died peacefully Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at Avalon Health Care Center after a long illness.

Babs, as she preferred to be called, had resided for nearly eight years at StoneRidge in Mystic, after having lived in and around Amherst and Longmeadow, Mass. for the previous four decades. She formed a number of new friendships at Stone Ridge, and while staying at Avalon, she received warm and attentive care from the staff.

Babs was born in Cambridge, Mass. on Nov. 22, 1924. She was the daughter of Muriel (Plater) Stone and Edward Winchester Stone, who had met and married in London at the end of World War I. In Oct. 1942, she married James Callahan, a young naval officer from Kentucky who was training at MIT before heading to submarine duty in the Pacific. When the war ended, James stayed in the Navy, and together they raised their family in various communities along the East Coast, including New London in the mid-1950's. James Callahan died in 1969; several years later, Babs married William Neary in Amherst, Mass. Bill Neary died in 1988.

Along with her family, the important things in Babs' long life were the church, friends, and dogs. She made friends easily and frequently, and she rescued stray dogs almost as frequently. She will be missed by her friends in Longmeadow, Mass. and at StoneRidge. Her last canine companion, Ginger, died earlier this year.

Babs is survived by two children, Jeffrey Callahan of Stonington and Gay Marks of Yarmouth, Maine, their spouses, Lynn and Bart; as well as five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a brother, Eric Winchester Stone.

Her family will greet relatives and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, at The Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl St., historic downtown

Mystic. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Mystic. She will be interred in a family plot in Wildwood Cemetery in Amherst, Mass.
Family links: 
  Muriel Plater Stone (1891 - 1973)
  James Edwin Callahan (1920 - 1969)*
  William Gilbert Neary (1932 - 1988)*
  Eric Winchester Stone (1919 - 1963)*
  Barbara Louise Stone Neary (1924 - 2012)
*Calculated relationship
Wildwood Cemetery
Hampshire County
Massachusetts, USA
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Originally Created by: James Bianco
Record added: Apr 07, 2014
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Barbara Louise <i>Stone</i> Neary
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Barbara Louise <i>Stone</i> Neary
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Barbara Louise <i>Stone</i> Neary
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- James Bianco
 Added: Dec. 8, 2014

 Added: Dec. 8, 2014

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