Nancy Barry

Nancy R. Barry (Collins)

Monday, July 30th, 1934 - Monday, August 10th, 2020
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Nancy R. (Collins) Barry, of Nashua, died peacefully Monday, August 10th surrounded by her loving family after a long period declining health.

Nancy was born on July 30, 1934 in Nashua, the daughter of the late Francis A. and Leona Collins. She was the widow of William H. Barry, Jr. Nancy was a member of the Nashua High Class of 1952. She graduated from Rivier College in 1956 with a degree in Education. Upon graduation, she taught at Fairgrounds Elementary School. After her marriage, she taught at St. Christopher School for a couple of years at the request of the parish priest. After raising her family, she returned to teaching first grade at Birch Hill Elementary School where she taught hundreds of children how to read. Nancy retired in 1995. If you are able to read this obituary, thank a teacher.

Nancy volunteered at a number of social service agencies and non-profits including numerous committees for the Parish of Resurrection Church, Voice of the Faithful, Nashua Police Neighborhood Watch Group, the Nashua Retired Teachers’ Association, and the League of Women Voters. She prepared and served weekly meals for a number of years at the Nashua Soup Kitchen at its beginnings with “Mrs. McCann’s Group.”

Nancy’s love and devotion to education continued long after her retirement as she was involved with ADK, an international honorary organization for women educators, until her health no longer allowed her to participate. Nancy’s family is so grateful to her ADK sisters who stayed in touch with her, the “Lunch Bunch” gals, who continued to visit and share pizza whenever they could, and to Judy Gregoire and Nicole McBride, devoted caregivers who made Nancy’s last years so much better.

Nancy was the devoted mother of William H. Barry III and his wife, Helen Honorow, of Nashua; Julia (Barry) Vozella and her husband, Joseph A. Vozella III, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Maura (Barry) McIntyre, of Nashua, New Hampshire. She is survived by six grandchildren who meant the world to her – Elizabeth Vozella, Jack Vozella, Kelly McIntyre, Samuel McIntyre, Ariel Barry, and Will Barry. She loved her family tremendously, and it was returned tenfold. Her death comes one day after what would have been her 62nd wedding anniversary to her dear “Will-o”. Nancy is survived by one sister, Gale Arnott, of Hockessin, Delaware, and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Francis A. “Bud” Collins, Jr., of Nashua, and her sister, Joan Leah, of Moody Beach, Maine.

SERVICES: Services will be held privately. Interment will be at St. Patrick Cemetery in Hudson. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a donation to: Mount Pleasant Family Assistance Fund, 10 Manchester Street, Nashua, NH 03064 or Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, 2 Quincy Street, Nashua, NH 03060.
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    St. Patrick Cemetery
    Derry Rd
    Hudson, NH 03051
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Richard McCann

Posted at 01:54pm
Dear Bill, Julie and Maura,
It is with much heartfelt sympathy that Bonnie and I send our condolences to you on the passing of your mother, Nancy. She meant a lot to us and our family. She was always cheerful when we saw her and we had many great times with her, your father and my brother and sister-in-law. She was a great friend.
Please accept our most sincere sympathy.
Love to you all.
Dick and Bonnie McCann

Leslie Burnham

Posted at 07:00pm
My condolences to the family and friends of the lovely Mrs. Barry. I’m grateful to have known her as a teacher at Birch Hill; her gentle spirit, compassion, and patience were constant. She was quite a wonderful lady.

Amy Quinlan

Posted at 09:45pm
We were sad to get the news that Nance is gone. The sisters were certainly a force to be reckoned with! The memories are too many from hair washing, bowling, Kentucky fried chicken (extra crispy) and more. And salt! Never use it! She was the only one to call me by my middle name, played cards like nobody’s business, and had a smile and laugh that could light up a room. Miss you Aunt Nancy!!!! Love to all of you. Be well!

Ann Poloski

Posted at 08:36pm
So sorry to hear about the passing of Nancy. My thoughts and prayers are for her family. Nancy was one of my favorite teachers. I have such fond memories of her. She will be deeply missed.

Cheryl Baker

Posted at 10:24am
My favorite teacher, Miss Collins taught fifth grade at Fairgrounds Elementary. There were about 34 of us in her class so needless to say she had her hands full. She was innovative. Once a month after lunch we had a meeting of the Variety Club, complete with our own mimeographed newspaper. We had a class president and a librarian. When one of our classmates was hit by a car while waiting for the bus on a snowy morning, a few days later she told us that he had passed on, then sat down and cried with us. She taught not only school subjects but also life lessons. I’m glad that she lived long and well, know from experience how much she loved children, and hope that everyone has a teacher as wonderful.
Cheryl (Holt) Baker

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