Kathleen C. Barry Obituary, Death Notice and Service Information


Kathleen C. Barry Obituary, Death – Our lovely mother, Kathleen C. Barry, passed away recently, and it is with a heavy heart that we share the news of her departure. Kathleen Anne Barry (née Cooleen), who resided in Preston, Maryland, went away calmly and serenely at her residence on December 28. Kathleen was the third of five children that Fergus and Mary (née Carey) Cooleen had. She was born in Washington, District of Columbia. Her formative years were spent in Georgetown, and she received her high school diploma from Holy Trinity in the year 1958.

After receiving her diploma, she went on to become a member of the Civil Service Commission under the Kennedy administration. She went on to have a flourishing and lengthy career working for the federal government. She had worked for the National Institutes of Health for more than four decades before she took her retirement. In the 1970s and 1980s, Kathleen was also an active member of the Washington, District of Columbia Irish American Club. She was also the operator of numerous Irish pubs in the Washington area during that period.

After spending a significant amount of time in Burtonsville, Maryland, where she was responsible for the upbringing of her children, Kathleen moved to Preston, Maryland, after she retired in 2006. Kathleen’s years in Preston were filled with activities such as spending time with her grandkids and great-grandchildren, serving as a Town Commissioner, being an active member of the Preston Historical Society, and participating in a wide variety of other social and civic clubs on the Eastern Shore. Additionally, she volunteered her time at the Easton Family YMCA to participate in their youth water safety program. She was a passionate traveler who has traveled to all fifty states of the United States, traveled to several countries, and taken several cruises.

Her children Margaret (Brian) McLemore, Theresa (Donald Coffey), Sean, and Kevin, as well as ten grandkids and three great-grandchildren, are among those who are remembered after her passing. Her son Eamon, her daughter-in-law Michelle, and her former husband John Barry all passed away before she did on this earth. Her siblings Mary Ellen Gregory, Margaret/Happy Sugrue, Joseph Cooleen, and Agnes Hale, as well as a large number of cherished nieces, nephews, and friends, are also among those who endure her passing.

An announcement concerning the services will be made shortly. Instead of sending flowers, friends and family may express their condolences by contributing to a local charity of their choosing.
With tons of affection and heartfelt gratitude, It is Margaret, Theresa, Sean, and Kevin Barry who make up the Barry family.