Colleen M. Barber of Honeoye, NY passed away peacefully January 22, 2021 at the age of 71, with her children by her side.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Sean (Amanda Pease) Barber of Wilmington, VT and Kelly (Michael) Gabriel of Dummerston, VT; grandchildren, Quinlan, Lillian and Elizabeth Barber; sisters, Sharon Cardinale and Sheila Ryan; as well as her 4 nieces, 6 nephews, and numerous relatives and friends.
Colleen was predeceased by both her parents, Clarence and Evelyn Ryan and her sister, Sandy Ryan.
Colleen attended Monroe High School before graduating from Sullivan County Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Medical Lab. She continued her education at Brockport State where she received her Teaching Degree. During this time, she met her former husband Daniel Barber. They moved their family to Vermont in the 80’s where they raised their children and ran a successful family business.
Colleen was a kind, loving and giving soul who would do anything for anyone and always put everyone else’s needs first. Her love for her family, friends, neighbors, and furry friends was always prevalent. As was her witty “tell it how it is” Irish spirit. She often had colorful words that could make anyone blush! She was an enthusiastic volunteer in areas important to her, most notably her time spent as an EMT with the Richmond Fire Dept. But of all of her roles, the one she treasured the most was that of grandmother, which she embraced with great joy. She would take them for weeks at a time every summer, filling their days with all kinds of activities, from swimming lessons and horseback riding to day camps and church groups.
A celebration of Colleen’s life will be held later this year.
Memorial donations may be made to The Richmond Fire Dept. P.O. Box 469, Honeoye, NY 14471.
The family wishes to send a special thank you to the Thompson Hospital ICU staff for the care and compassion of their mother.