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Barbara Lee (Barrett) Keaney RN of Chelmsford

1929 - 2021

US Veteran Korea

Visitation

May 4, 2021
3pm - 7pm
Dolan Funeral Home, 106 Middlesex St. Chelmsford, MA 01863

Funeral

May 5, 2021
8 AM Funeral Home / 9 AM Church
Dolan Funeral Home

Barbara Lee (Barrett) Keaney RN, 91, of Chelmsford, MA died Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was married to the late Hugh F. Keaney, who died on Jan. 17, 1992.

Born in Tewksbury, MA, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Yvonne Barrett. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy with the Class of 1947.  She graduated from Carney Hospital School of Nursing in S. Boston as a Registered Nurse and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Boston College. She earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from Columbia University of NYC.

During the Korean War, Barbara served in the US Navy Nurse Corp.

Barbara taught at the Lowell General Hospital School of Nursing and retired from Middlesex County Hospital in Waltham. She was a longtime resident of Chelmsford and wintered in Tampa, FL.

Barbara was a communicant of St. Mary Church in Chelmsford. She was a member of the Chelmsford Garden Club, Chelmsford Senior Citizens and Veteran Organizations. She loved line dancing, water color painting and skiing in her younger days.

She is survived by four sons, Thomas H. Keaney of Nashua and Hugh F. Keaney of Hampton Beach, NH, Michael and his wife Caroline Keaney of Tyngsboro, MA, and Daniel Keaney of Chelmsford, MA; a daughter, Mary L. Leverone of Chelmsford; eleven grandchildren, a great grandchild, many nieces and nephews.

Barbara’s visiting hours will be Tues. from 3 to 7pm.  Funeral Wed. at 8:00 am at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 am in St. Mary Church, 25 North Rd., Chelmsford. Due to Covid-19 restrictions seating is limited to 60 people in the church.  You may attend virtually at https://chelmsfordcatholic.org/watch-via-livestream.  Burial in the St. Patrick Cemetery, Lowell, MA. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-256-4040. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com

6 Condolences for Barbara Lee (Barrett) Keaney RN of Chelmsford

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    Alice Patenaude Weydt

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    Dear Tom, Hugh, Michael, Dan, and Mary,
    You and your families were the joy in your mother’s life. She loved you dearly. It was through Barbara that we knew about you and our dad’s family. She made several trips to Montana and through those visits, phone calls, and letters we knew about the kindness of our grandmother who died when our dad was 12, how our grandfather played the violin Sunday afternoon, and she lovingly spoke about you and your families. We are sorry for your loss. She will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Alice

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    William

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    I am sorry for your loss. Barbara was my God Mother. I always enjoyed the time we spent with Jane and your Grandmother not only in Chelmsford and in Tampa. I am grateful that I spent the day going to Lenox for Peggy’s funeral with your Mom. It was a sad day but an enjoyable day spent as we traveled . Again sorry for your loss. But I know heaven is excited as she walk through the gates. May God grant her rest. Prayers and thoughts. Bill Mahoney

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    Martha Orr Sherburne

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    Dear Tom , Hugh, Michael, Dan and Mary,
    I am sorry for your loss. I will miss Barbara. She was a great friend, a treasured soul and always a lot of fun to be around at The Open Gate Garden Club. I enjoyed tending her gardens for her. She was a joy and a pleasure to know her. She could brighten my day!
    Sincerely,
    Martha Orr Sherburne

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    Martha Orr Sherburne

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    Dear Tom , Hugh, Michael, Dan and Mary,
    I am sorry for your loss. I will miss Barbara. She was a great friend, a treasured soul and always a lot of fun to be around at The Open Gate Garden Club. I enjoyed tending her gardens for her. She could brighten my day!
    Sincerely,
    Martha Orr Sherburne

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    Laurie And Doug

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    Our prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time of loss. What’s a great lady. Love

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    Joan L LaTourneau

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    To Barbara’s family who was everything to her, you are in my thoughts and prayers. As a friend, I will miss her.

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