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ANDOVER, MA: Barbara Garey Moody, 83, peacefully passed away surrounded by her loving family on April 9, 2015, at Winchester Hospital. An Andover resident for 61 years, Barbara attended Reading, Mass., schools, earned a Bachelor of Arts from William Jewell College. She served as a Student Dean at Syracuse University, was awarded an master's in Education from Northeastern University and received an M.B.A. from Lesley University.

She served as Guidance Counselor and Instructor at Lawrence General Hospital School of Nursing, and served over 10 years in Financial Administration at New England Deaconess Hospital Nursing Department. Barbara also enjoyed a successful career as a realtor partnered with her husband at Prudential Howe and Doherty Real Estate.

Barbara served on several local boards, The Andover Youth Center, Andover/North Andover YMCA, chairperson of the Girl Scout Camping Committee rebuilding the burned-out lodge at Camp Maude Eaton, board of Family Service, Inc (now Family Services of the Merrimack Valley), Andover School Committee, and a more than 20-year member of the board of Visiting Nurses Association. Barbara was a lifetime member of the League of Women Voters, Andover Garden Club, A Better Chance (ABC) of Andover, Andover Village Improvement Society (AVIS), Girl Scouts of America, and Andover Historical Society.

For over 60 years, Barbara was an active member of South Church of Andover. She served as Senior Deacon, chair of Trustees, leader of the Couples’ Club, leader of the Graduates, and served on many other committees.

Barbara enjoyed participating in outdoor sports – tennis, baseball, and skiing, and in Rangeley, Maine, mountain-climbing, camping, canoeing, and fishing. She was an avid Scrabble and bridge player.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, Dick; her five children and 12 grandchildren; her stepdaughter, Carolyn Lewis and husband, Van Lewis of Lynchburg, Va., and her grandchildren, Brook Robinson, Skye Durrer, Teal Lynch, Royal Lewis, and Canton Lewis, and seven great-grandchildren; her daughter, Meredith Moody of Needham, Mass.; her daughter, Heather Holman and partner, Bill Levy of Andover and her grandchildren, Robert Holman, Jeffrey Holman, and Maxie Holman; her son, Rick Moody and wife, Randi Lite of Needham, Mass., and her grandchild, Derek Moody; and her daughter, Janice Holden and husband, Seth Holden of Andover and her grandchildren, Jessie Kildahl, Carolyn Holden and Katherine Holden.

All those who knew Barbara, loved her. Her life will be celebrated at South Church on Wednesday, April 15, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to South Church, 41 Central St., Andover MA 01810 or the charity of your choice.
Published on  April 12, 2015
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