Jacqueline Barry, 75 years old, received her wings on Sunday, July 1, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer. Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of family, friends and many supporters carried her through months of grueling chemotherapy. She constantly put the needs of others before her own. Her unselfish spirit and compassion will live on as her legacy of love. The lives touched by her selfless giving have been forever changed.
Our mom, affectionately known as “Jackie,” was born on May 7, 1943 in Trenton, Tennessee to the late Thomas and Geneva Buchanan. She was the third of four children born of this union; all of whom preceded her in death.
Jackie’s family moved from Tennessee to Ohio when she was a child. She was educated in the Cleveland Public School system. After graduating from John F. Kennedy High School, she met and married the love of her life, Albert James Barry. To this union, three daughters were born, Stephanie, Barbara and Carla.
After being a stay-at-home mom for several years, she went to work at General Electric-Nela Park, where she worked for 19 years. Upon leaving General Electric, she worked for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where she retired after 25 years of service. After retiring, she did things she enjoyed most: planting her favorite purple flowers, spending time with her grandchildren, travelling, and indulging her love for “tech” gadgets.
She accepted Christ at an early age and attended Providence Baptist Church of Cleveland, Ohio under the leadership of the late Reverend Dobbins. Later, she joined The East 105th Street Church of God in Christ, also in Cleveland, Ohio under the leadership of the late Bishop F.E. Perry. Most recently, she attended Christ Community Church of South Euclid, Ohio under the leadership of Pastor Luvirt Parker.
Jackie’s husband preceded her in death after 46 years of marriage. She leaves to cherish her memory, three daughters, Stephanie Barry of Maple Heights, Ohio, Barbara (Darryl) Johnson of Twinsburg, Ohio and Carla (Brian) Hammond of Ellicott City, Maryland; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.