Obituary : Barbara A. Ferry
Barbara Ann Ferry, BS RN, died at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, Fla., on Saturday, Oct. 4. Barbara died peacefully in the presence of her husband and two of her children.
She was predeceased by her parents, Brigadier General John J. Carew and Jane Frances Carew, and sister, Jane Carew of Medford.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Richard T. Ferry of Vero Beach, Fla.; six children: Paula (Richard) Morris, Michael (Elizabeth) Ferry, James Ferry, all of Martha's Vineyard, Timothy (Nancy) Ferry of Freedom, N.H., Edward (Rose) Ferry of Conway, N.H., and Patrick Ferry of Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. Her surviving siblings are Kathleen (Anthony) Macri of Melbourne, Fla., John (Gloria) Carew, Dorothy McAveeney of Medford, Elizabeth (Gerard) Pothier of Hillsboro, N.H., Kenneth (Marion) Carew of Merrimack, N.H., Sheila (James) Lane of Brewster, and Maureen (William) Winnett and Paula (Charles) Mahoney of Falmouth. Barbara left 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and a large family of nieces and nephews.
Barbara was a devout Roman Catholic and attended the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic, Fla., and the Holy Cross Church in Vero Beach, Fla. The first 16 years of her married life she was a Marine Corps wife, raised her six children and worked as a Cardiac Care Nurse and as a charge nurse in several Intensive Care Units.
Her compassion and love for her patients and their grieving families moved her to want to do more and to be more effective in interacting with her charges and their families. She sought to increase her formal education and sought a Catholic College offering a BS degree in psychology centering on the psychology of the dying. She chose St. Joseph's College in Wyndam, Maine, where she was the only grandmother in her class and the most popular person. She graduated as the president of her nursing class at the former Carney Hospital School of Nursing in South Boston in 1953.
Services will be private and will be arranged by the Lowther Funeral Home in Vero Beach. A mass celebrating her life will be scheduled at a later date at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Medford, where she was baptized, confirmed, educated through grammar school, and married. She was graduated from St. Clements High School in Somerville. Donations may be made in her name to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. An online guestbook may be signed at lowtherfuneralhome.com.