Jean's Story

WILLIAMSPORT, MD. - Jean Smith Barrie died on June 10, 2014 in Williamsport, Maryland. Born Feb. 12, 1922 in Pottsville, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Harold E. Smith and Helen Downey Smith. She married Louis C. "Bud" Barrie, on January 21, 1950. He preceded her in death in 1987.

Surviving are her two daughters, Patty Counihan of Veazie, husband, Jim and Ellen Huddleston of Severna Park, Maryland and grandchildren, Emily Huddleston Seltzer, husband, Jason, of Severna Park, Maryland, Kate Counihan of Bangor, and Will Huddleston of Baltimore, Maryland. Her great-granddaughters, Avery and Sadie Seltzer also survive Mrs. Barrie. Her son-in-law, William R. Huddleston, Jr., preceded Mrs. Barrie in death.

Mrs. Barrie graduated from Pottsville, Pa. High School in 1939 as valedictorian. She received a B.A. in English summa cum laude from Wilson College in 1943. After graduation she worked for James T. White & Co. in New York City as an assistant editor of the National Cyclopedia of American Biography until she married and became a homemaker. Upon moving to the area with her family in 1953, Mrs. Barrie became an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church. She taught Sunday school classes when her children were young, worked in the church's Turnover Shop and later delivered altar flowers and visited weekly with ill and shut-in parishioners for thirty-five years. Due to her short stature and the large flower arrangements she carried, Mrs. Barrie was nicknamed "the walking flowers" by the nursing staff at the hospital. Her other volunteer pursuits included teaching for the Literacy Council of Washington County for over 30 years, which resulted in long-lasting friendships with families from China, Thailand and Korea. She also tutored students at Williamsport Elementary School. Mrs. Barrie enjoyed following Penn State and Redskins football, attending theatre and symphony productions, traveling in the U.S. and abroad, swimming at both the Homewood and Northwood Swim Club pools and spending time with her family.

A celebration of Mrs. Barrie's life will be held 10:30 a.m. June 14 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 101 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, MD. Friends will be received in the church's Trimble Hall following the service. Private interment will be in St. John's Cemetery on Mulberry St. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Homewood Foundation in honor of all the caregivers there, at P.O. Box 250 Williamsport, MD, 21795, St. John's Episcopal Church, or to a charity of your choice. The Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at
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