Edna A. Barney

January 01, 1917 - September 21, 2016 

Edna A. Barney

January 01, 1917 - September 21, 2016 

Obituary for Edna A. Barney

Edna A. Barney, 99, passed away early in the morning of September 21, 2016, at her home in Hamilton. She was a lifelong resident of the town and devoted to her family, her church and her community.
Edna, who was born on New Years Day in 1917, was the eldest child of George and Ethel Sprague of Hamilton, sister to the late Gertrude Sprague of Hamilton, the late George Herman Sprague of Florida, and Emeline (Sprague) Liacos of Danvers.
She was married to her late husband George Hillman Barney for 52 years. She was the mother of George Hillman Barney and his late wife Priscilla Barney, of the late James Barney and his wife Carolyn Barney, all of Ipswich, and of Ann Barney of Hamilton. She was also the grandmother to Amanda Barney of Topsfield, Mason Barney and his wife Jaclyn Okin Barney of New York City, and Caroline Cohen and her husband Josh Cohen of Medford, and the great grandmother to Julia Barney of New York City.
Edna grew up on her family’s farm, the Sunny Slope Farm, in Hamilton and maintained a love of gardening and nature throughout her life. She graduated from Hamilton High School in 1934 and the Massachusetts State College (later the University of Massachusetts) in Amherst in 1938 with a major in chemistry. From 1965 to 1983 she served as the high school librarian for the Hamilton Wenham Regional High School.
Edna was an active member of her community. She was also a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America as a leader, trainer, organizer and administrator as well as a Cub Scout Den mother. She volunteered in many community related activities throughout her life, staying active well into her 90’s as a volunteer at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library in the Children’s Room.
As a charter member and curator emeritus of the Hamilton Historical Society, Edna always enjoyed recalling the history of her town.
She was a lifelong member of The First Congregational Church of Hamilton. She held many roles in the Church, including the Superintendent of the Sunday School, Deacon, Elder and recently helped rewrite the official history of the Church.
As a result of these and other extraordinary contributions to her community, the State of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women honored Edna in 2008 as an “Unsung Heroine.”


Her Funeral Service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 630 Bay Road, Hamilton, on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held in First Congregational Church chapel in Hamilton on Sunday from 5 to 7 P.M. Burial will be in Hamilton Cemetery. Contributions may be made in her memory to the First Congregational Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 213, Hamilton, MA 01936. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com .

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