Barbara Beatley Anthony

  • Born: February 25, 1929
  • Died: May 6, 2020
  • Location: Bedford formerly of Concord, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

Barbara Beatley Anthony, age 91, a 65-year Concord resident, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Carleton-Willard Village in Bedford. Her husband Reed Pierce Anthony Jr. passed away three days after on Friday, May 9, 2020.

Barbara Beatley was born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 25, 1929, a daughter of the late Grace (Cobb) Beatley and Bancroft Beatley, who was President of Simmons College from 1933 to 1955. Raised in Belmont, Barbara attended Shady Hill School and Winsor School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1950 from Radcliffe College. While in college, she met Reed, who graduated from Harvard College in 1950, and they were married on November 17, 1951. They settled in Concord and raised their family there. Barbara taught fourth grade in the Concord Public Schools beginning in 1951. She later stayed home for 15 years to raise their three children, while remaining active in community affairs by serving on the Board of Directors of the local League of Women Voters chapter and by being elected to two terms on the Concord School Committee.

In 1969, Barbara returned to full-time work as an educator, first as third-grade teacher at Brooks School of Concord and later as Assistant Head of that school. For the last ten years of her career, before retiring in 1991, she worked in the Admissions and Financial Aid Office of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Barbara enjoyed gardening, needle crafts, playing the flute in chamber music groups, and taking walks and canoe trips in New England and eastern Canada. In retirement, she and Reed divided their time between Concord, MA, and Guilford, VT, where she was active in the Guilford Historical Society. They traveled widely, preferring adventures by ship and rail, including a voyage around the world as passengers on a cargo container ship.

Her eldest son, Benjamin Anthony of Littleton, MA, passed away in 2011. In addition to her husband, Barbara is survived by her children, Charlotte Anthony of Prescott, AZ, and Stephen Anthony of Washington, DC, and by Ben's wife, Jeanne Anthony of Torrington, CT, as well as eight grandchildren.

She once observed that each generation of her family faced more choices than the last, adding, "I have great comfort in the fact that our grandchildren are receiving the same strong family support that I received, and that will stand by them throughout their lives."

Private service and burial will be in Guilford, Vermont.

Donations in her memory may be made to:
National Audubon Society
225 Varick St.
New York NY 10014
Pine Street Inn
444 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118

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

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