On March 1, Rhoda Ann Barry in Towson. Daughter of the late Isaac F. and Bessie Klein (Buchinsky) of Medford, Massachusetts; sister of the late David A. Klein and Aaron Klein; and wife of the late Benjamin Barry. Survived by son Steven A. Barry of Montreal, Canada; daughter Shereen R. Zellars of Indianapolis, Indiana; and grandchildren Mikaela and Lilah Barry and Ziv and Riva Zellars. Barry graduated from Somerville High School in 1950 and was a proud member of the National Honor Society.
She attended Boston University, where she was a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma and graduated with a B.S. in secretarial and allied studies in 1954. She worked in Boston as a sales correspondent and learned to sail on the Charles River.
Rhoda and Benjamin Barry met on a blind date and were married in 1958. They lived first in Medford, Massachusetts, and then settled in Melrose, Massachusetts. For more than 20 years, Ben Barry was the owner and registered pharmacist at Bond Pharmacy (B&R Drug) in Inman Square, Cambridge, and Rhoda Barry managed the finances of the
business. She was an active member of the League of Women Voters and at Temple Tifereth Israel in Malden, Massachusetts.
She worked for a time at the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site as an office manager and was delighted to be allowed to wear a park ranger uniform complete with hat.
In 1989, they moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina where she was an office
manager for the Fayetteville Region Catholic Social Ministries. She also volunteered with the Cape Fear Regional Theatre and the U.S. Army Airborne & Special Operations
Museum. She enjoyed traveling far and wide and spending time with her friends and grandchildren.
In 2008, they moved to Baltimore, where Ben Barry was treated for lung cancer and Rhoda Barry became active at the HopeWell Cancer Support center. After he passed away in 2011, Rhoda Barry became a resident at Edenwald in Towson. During her years there she continued to explore Baltimore, enjoyed theater trips, a memorable day sailing on Chesapeake Bay, and dining out at restaurants where she was always asking for
“something different.” She was smart, thrifty, and fiercely independent. She loved dogs, kitchen gadgets, and frozen pudding ice cream. She was an experienced knitter and lifelong yoga practitioner. She was proud of her “idiosyncrasies” and had many devoted, lifelong friends.
Contributions may be sent to HopeWell Cancer Support, P.O. Box 755, Brooklandville, MD 21022.