Condolence & Memory Journal

I was very sorry to hear about her death. She was my teacher in third grade at Brooks School, which I remember as one of the best years of my life. She looked after all of us really well. I remember there was one kid in our class who had a hard time sitting still, and when he started getting out of hand she would send him outside to run laps around the school building. Worked like a charm. My sympathy to all of her family.

Posted by Robin Briggs - Seattle, WA   December 04, 2020

So sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. As she was known to me as "Mrs. Anthony," she was one of my grade school teachers, some of the best times in my life. I am sure she will be sorely missed by many people including her "old" students. May she rest in peace. Lorraine Cullinane

Posted by Lorraine Cullinane - Peabody, MA - Student   July 18, 2020

Having only now discovered Barbara, my mother's 3rd cousin, I am so sorry to find that she has passed away. Our common ancestor was Thankful Hills of Hancock, NH, mother of Barbara's great grandmother, Catherine Hills Beatley and my great, great grandmother Rachel Hills, Catherine's older sister. If any of Barbara's relatives wish to contact me at 802-456-1004, I would welcome that. I have for many years been a maker of books and am currently working on historical fiction about an old cast iron griddle from the Hills family -- see

Posted by Jane Engllish - East Calais, VT - Friend   June 22, 2020

I only knew Barbara through a writing workshop we both attended and our association at West Concord Union Church. When Barbara read her stories, we all listened intently, as she was a wonderful writer and story teller. She later wrote up a Memoir for her family, which she shared with me. I was honored and blessed to receive it. She was a strong woman with a kind heart, and I am a better person for having known her. My blessings to her family.

Posted by Marcia Cook - Shirley, MA - Friend   May 21, 2020

My Aunt Barbara and Uncle Reed were gracious hosts and good company every time Jeanne and I visited them in Guilford with our dog Sugie. We enjoyed spending time together and will miss their company. May you both rest in peace.

Posted by John Anthony - Carneys Point, NJ - Family   May 20, 2020

Aunt Barbara and Uncle Reed were always welcoming and loving towards me, and we enjoyed sharing our love of Vermont. My girlfriend Jeanne and I (together with our friendly dog Sugar) will
miss our times together with you. RIP

Posted by John Anthony - Carneys Point, NJ - Family   May 20, 2020

We wish to offer our deep and sincere condolences to the family of Reed and Barbara Anthony on behalf of the Board of Guilford Preservation, Inc. (GPI). Reed and Barbara were supportive both in financial support and time commitment to GPI over the years. In fact, Reed had served as a Board member since the founding of GPI in 2002. He attended meetings whenever he could be in Guilford; meetings which sometimes included walking the land owned by GPI under the Vermont Land Trust. Even when not able to attend meetings, Reed and Barbara remained in contact by email. We are very grateful for their encouragement and wisdom over the years. Wendy Redlinger, President, GPI

Posted by Wendy Redlinger - Guilford, VT - Friend   May 20, 2020

Barbara and Reed were enormously generous to the town of Guilford, where I live. They donated the large parcel which is now the Weeks Forest and trail; the gave us the old brick school house, and the adjacent parcel which has been transformed into a play space, as well as the lot which is now part of the BBCC. Guilford is a much better place to live because of them. We owe them so much and are forever grateful.

Posted by Rick Zamore Zamore - Guilford, VT - Friend   May 17, 2020

Barbara was a friend to our family over four generations and many years. We will miss her warm and caring presence.

Posted by Margie Serkin - Guilford, VT - Friend   May 17, 2020

Barbara Anthony was my favorite aunt and she acted as a second mother to me when I lost my own. I was always glad to talk with her whether by phone or e-mail. She was a fascinating person and was always upbeat and had a great sense of humor.

Posted by Patricia Beatley-Patterson - Severna Park, MD - Family   May 10, 2020

Blessings on the unquenchable spirit of Barbara - or as she was fondly known by those of us at Brooks School - "The Admiral" !!! She was loved and respected by us all. Our thoughts are with Reed and all Barb's family as we remember a life well-lived.

Posted by Mark & Jane Biscoe - Brunswick, ME - Friend   May 10, 2020