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 Elizabeth Winward “Betty” <I>Chadwick</I> Barrow

Elizabeth Winward “Betty” Chadwick Barrow

Birth
New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 24 Sep 2009 (aged 100)
Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
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Elizabeth "Betty" Winward (Chadwick) Barrow, 100, died Thursday, September 24, 2009 at Brandon Woods Nursing Home in Dartmouth. She was the loving wife of the late A. Raymond Barrow of Dartmouth.

Born in New Bedford, Betty was the daughter of the late John James and Mary Ellen Chadwick and the sister of the late Wallace, John, Richard, George and Walter Chadwick.

In the 1930's, she was "Miss Rayon," representing the area textile industry, often traveling to and from New York via the steamships of the Fall River Line in the course of her duties. She and Raymond met at the Quissett Mill where they both worked prior to World War II. Their first date was in the Ballroom at Lincoln Park where they met their lifelong friends, Charlie and Pat Dearing.

During the Second World War, while Raymond was enlisted in the Army Corps of Engineers, Betty worked at Morse Twist Drill in the office and as a tour guide for the plant. In the 1950s and 1960s she was employed by the Dartmouth Public Schools and by Bishop Stang High School as a cafeteria worker. She loved to cook, even on a large scale, and enjoyed baking and sharing her recipes with her granddaughters and friends.

After retiring, Betty and Ray and Pat and Charlie traveled to Bermuda, The Bahamas or to Florida for many years. In August of this year she celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by her family, and she enjoyed herself very much.

Betty is survived by her son; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Arrangements are by the Donaghy Funeral Home, 465 County Street, New Bedford.

(excerpt from obit - thank you to threadsewer for the information!)

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Elizabeth Barrow had a sharp mind and was in good health for a woman her age, her son said.

"My mother was a very loving and outgoing person," Scott Barrow said. "She loved the nursing home she was living at. She was involved in the all the activities.

"Every day she would go up and down the halls and give everyone a hug and say hello. She was like a cheerleader."

"She was a wonderful woman and we were very attached to her, as we are to all our residents," Scott Picone said.

The family, including her three adult grandchildren, took her out for lunch and went shopping for winter clothes the day before she died, and she was in good health and spirits, he said. She also loved trips to the library. She used to read a book a day but had recently cut back to two a week, her son said.

She celebrated her 100th birthday Aug. 21 with a cookout at her son's home.

Barrow said his mother was born and grew up in New Bedford before moving to nearby Dartmouth, about 50 miles south of Boston, in the 1940s.

When she was in her 20s, Barrow said. his mother was a teacher in the New Bedford Textile School and was dubbed "Miss Rayon" by the New Bedford Rayon Co. As the official representative of the company that manufactured the new miracle fabric used in the city's tire industry, she traveled all over New England and New York.

She worked for Bishop Stang High School and the Dartmouth public schools for about two decades as a cafeteria worker, where she was known as the "dessert lady," he said.

"Kids would buy the lunches just to get the dessert," he said. "When she made apple crisp, it would be a complete sellout."

Elizabeth Barrow and her husband, A. Raymond, moved to Brandon Woods about 4 1/2 years ago, he said. Her husband was a former town assessor and owned a gas station in town.

She took care of her husband of 65 years until he died two years ago. After he passed away, Barrow said his mother continued to be "upbeat" with her family and friends.

(excerpts from news story featured on Yahoo news)




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  • Added: 8 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42859910
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Winward “Betty” Chadwick Barrow (21 Aug 1909–24 Sep 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42859910, citing Rural Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .