STAMFORD, Vt. — Barbara L. Coe, 89, of 178 Poplar Drive died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at North Adams Commons.
Born in Greenwich, Conn., on May 6, 1925, daughter of Guy and Frances Burr Lent, she graduated from Greenwich High School with the class of 1943 and attended North Adams State College. She lived in Port Chester and Rye, N.Y, until she moved to Heartwellville with her husband in 1959.
During World War II, she served in the USO.
Mrs. Coe and her husband, Melvin H. Coe, operated the Old Coach Inn in Heartwellville for many years.
She was an active member of the Readsboro Baptist Church. She maintained an interest in genealogy and traced her heritage as far back as the Mayflower. She was a former president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving on its state board, and was a member of the Aaron Burr Association. She also served as the president of the Readsboro Historical Society.
Active in politics as a member of the Republican Party, she ran for state representative. Mrs. Coe was a longtime correspondent for the former North Adams (Mass.) Transcript, and she enjoyed writing poetry and literature. She also enjoyed bowling and travel. While living in New York, she taught dancing through the Arthur Murray Dance School.
Her husband, whom she married on Feb. 12, 1949, died on April 21, 2003.
She leaves two daughters, Susan Sheehan and her husband, Peter, of Perkinsville and Jennifer Dowling and her husband, Michael, of Stamford; two sons, Gary H. Coe of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Richard D. Coe and his wife, Lisa, of Newport, R.I.; a sister, Shirley Carr of New London, N.H.; 10 grandchildren, Thomas Sheehan, Timothy Sheehan, Terry Sheehan, Brian Dowling, Kevin Dowling, Aimee Dowling, Tiffani Coe, Guy Coe, Matthew Coe and Elizabeth Vaughn, 16 great-grandchildren, and 3 nieces.
FUNERAL NOTICE — A memorial service for Mrs. Coe will be held Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at 1 p.m. from Readsboro Baptist Church. Burial will be in Heartwellville Cemetery.
There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to Readsboro Baptist Church in care of Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams, MA 01247.