Dorothy K. Barrett, 98, of Bethany Beach, Del., died peacefully in her home on Nov. 14, 2018. She was born in Baltimore, Md., on April 13, 1920, daughter of the late John F. Kidd and Madeline R. Kidd.
As her husband’s employment required multiple relocations, she established homes in Philadelphia, Pa., Catonsville, Md., Belmont, Calif., Media, Pa., and Bethany Beach. Barrett was devoted to her husband and two daughters, and found great satisfaction in maintaining a joy-filled and organized home.
She was an enthusiastic volunteer over the years, in schools, churches and choirs.
Barrett played a significant role in the lives of her grandchildren. She was an avid gardener, and maintained attractive and inviting gardens into her later years. She enjoyed music, reading, tennis, golf and life at the beach.
She was a former active member of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church of Media, Pa., and of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach.
In addition to her parents, Barrett was preceded in death by her husband of 74 years, Jack Barrett; her sisters, Catherine Thompson and Madalyn Keegan; and her brothers, William Kidd and Francis Kidd. She is survived by two daughters, Nancy B. Raskauskas of Bethany Beach, and Mary Barrett Crigger and her husband, Charles D. Crigger, of Charleston, W.Va.; six beloved grandchildren, Elizabeth A. Miller and her husband, Marlon, Mary C. Gallagher and her husband, Stephen, Stephen M. Raskauskas, David R. Crigger and his wife, Dana M. Crigger, Chad Barrett Crigger, and Emily P. Edens and her husband, Thomas K. Edens; and seven great-grandchildren, Logan, Breck, Lark, M.J., Declan, Kiera and Katherine.
Barrett’s daughters thanked the excellent staff of Griswold Home Health Care for her care over the past two years — in particular, the exceptionally devoted Lynette Johnson. They also thanked the Dr. Lawrence Kemp for his personal attention to Barrett’s health and wellbeing; the Rev. Paul F. Jennings of St. Luke’s Catholic Church for his pastoral care in the last hours of her life; and Compassionate Care Hospice for their kindness and professionalism in her final days.
Memorial services and interment were to be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be directed to Compassionate Care Hospice; 20165 Office Cir., Ste. 2; Georgetown, DE 19947, or to the Alzheimer’s Association Sussex County Branch; P.O. Box 625; Georgetown, DE 19947. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.