Barbara Chamberlin, 85, of Great Barrington

Barbara Chamberlin, 85, a native and lifelong resident of Great Barrington, died peacefully at home May 5, 2019, surrounded by her loving children.

Barbara Chamberlin

Born Aug. 9, 1933, in Great Barrington, she was the daughter of Reginald Carr and Pauline Grygaytys. Barbara was a hard worker her entire life. She raised her seven children mostly on her own while working long hours as a waitress. She loved food and serving people, took great pride in every job she did, and always gave generously of her time and energy. Barbara also loved to travel. She took her family on many fun-filled adventures near and far.

The family would like to thank everyone who visited and supported Barbara these past months. She will be truly missed.

Barbara cherished her family above all else. She was a devoted mother to her seven children: Teresa Caldwell, Susan Del-Molino, Glenna Blackwell, Denise Pegorari, Geraldine Chamberlin, Glen Chamberlin and Chris Chamberlin. She was a wonderful big sister to Phyllis; a terrific aunt to Phyllis’ three children; an amazing grandmother to her 18 grandchildren; a fantastic great-grandmother to her 21 great-grandchildren; and of course, a gentle caregiver to her little dog, Furbie, who brought her much joy. Barbara was also blessed to have countless wonderful friends and neighbors, all of whom she loved.

The family will receive friends Friday, May 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME in Great Barrington. Please join the family to share stories and memories of Barbara’s life. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Thursday Morning Club or to the Southern Berkshire Elderly Transportation Corporation c/o FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to the family, go to