Mary L. (Clancy) Barnes
Nov 25th, 2018
Mary L. (Clancy) Barnes 78 of North Eastham died peacefully Sunday November 25, 2018 surrounded by her family at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.
She was the wife of the late Wallis R. Barnes.
Born in Medford and raised in the greater Boston area, Mary was the daughter of the late James and Gertrude (Geswell) Clancy. She moved to North Eastham in 1949 and graduated from Orleans High School in 1958. She received a teaching degree from the State Teachers College in Bridgewater in 1962.
Mary taught at a number of schools on Cape Cod, finishing her teaching career in 1994 as a substitute teacher in the Nauset School district. Mary retired from fulltime teaching to operate multiple businesses with her late husband, Wallis. After a fire destroyed their business in 1990, Mary became a caregiver for the elderly. She nursed many people back to health and provided warm, loving end of life care to those in need, including her husband and mother.
Mary was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes parish. She loved babies, dogs, geraniums, scrabble, sweet food and people, and most of all, her husband, children and grandchildren.
She is survived by two daughters, Maureen Gilreath of Waltham, and Theresa Barnes of North Eastham; two sons, James of Harwich, and William of North Attleboro; a step-daughter, Brenda Barnes of Meriden, CT; four grandchildren, Leah Gilreath of Waltham, Olivia and William Wallis Barnes, both of North Attleboro, and Michelle Ardzinski of Doylestown, PA; and one great granddaughter, Abigail Ardzinski of Doylestown, PA. In addition to her husband, and parents, Mary was predeceased by her first husband, Michael Long, a daughter, Kathleen Long, and a step-daughter, Elizabeth Barnes.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday Dec. 7 in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2282 State Highway (Rte. 6), Wellfleet, MA 02667.
Interment will be private.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Cape Abilities, 895 Mary Dunn Rd, Hyannis, MA 02601