Barbara McKie


Barbara McKie of Winsted, Conn., died on Oct. 23, 2015, at the age of 91.

Barbara was born on August 4, 1923, in Winsted, the first child of Henry Spencer Colt and Grace Knight Colt. She grew up in Winsted and graduated from the Gilbert School in 1941. She studied at the University of Connecticut in Storrs before marrying Roger C. McKie in 1943.

One who always loved cooking, Barbara ran a small catering business in the early 1950s, and then supervised the soda fountain/lunch counter at the Opera House Pharmacy. From 1950 until 1980, she was the cook at the Tunxis Council, Boy Scouts of America, Camp Workcoeman, on West Hill Pond in New Hartford. She worked as the cafeteria manager at the Barkhamsted Elementary School, at Regional Seven High School (now Northwest Regional High School), and finally from 1959 to the early ’90s as the cafeteria manager at the Gilbert School.

She had many other interests. In the early 1950s she was a den mother for Cub Scout Pack 27, and throughout her life had a special fondness for dogs. She and her husband loved to entertain family and friends at their home in Winsted and at their cottage in Gay Head.

A member of the Second Congregational Church in Winsted, she participated in Psi Alpha (women’s group) and sang alto in the Senior Choir for more than 50 years.

More recently she volunteered at Laurel Hill Nursing Center in Winsted and also at the Winsted Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop. She had a delightful sense of humor, and enjoyed being a member of the Red Hat Society.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Robert Colt; by her husband, Roger; by her sister-in-law, Nancy Colt; and two nephews, Peter and David Colt. She is survived by her brother, Richard Colt, of Torrington, and by her children, the Rev. Dr. Robert McKie and his wife, Susan, of Greensburg, Pa.; Richard McKie and his wife, Karen, of Winsted; Betsy Macdonald and her husband, Don, of West Tisbury; and by her ex-daughter-in-law, Janice McKie. She also leaves four grandchildren, Christian Macdonald and his wife, Emily; Jared Macdonald and his wife, Elise; and step-grandchildren, Erik Krukar and Adam Krukar, and three great-grandchildren, Cooper and Daphne Macdonald, and step-great-granddaughter, Jessica Krukar, as well as several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.

Her children wish to thank the staff of the Torrington Health & Rehabilitation Center for the kind and excellent care that Barbara received. Memorial donations may be made to Little Guild of St. Francis, 285 Goshen Turnpike, West Cornwall, CT 06796, or the Animal Shelter of M.V., One Pennywise Path, P.O. Box 1829, Edgartown, MA 02539.