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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Jean Barbour

Jean Barbour (Downey)

November 25, 1928 - March 26, 2021
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Mary Jean Barbour, 92, of New Hartford, formerly of Farmington, Canton, Stonington and Simsbury died peacefully on Friday, March 26, 2021 surrounded by her family.
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of John Jones Downey and Gertrude Joy. Due to her mother’s illness her father moved with Jean down to Maryland into his father’s house who had just retired from the Maryland state senate. Jean also lived for a time with her aunt and uncle and cousin, Grace Riggs.

When Jean was 13, her father remarried Edna Magaw and moved to Ohio. Jean went to Ohio State University and received a bachelor degree in nursing. At Ohio State she also met her husband, James P. Barbour, Jr.. After graduation they moved to Missouri, then West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and finally Connecticut. She raised four children, worked as a nurse, and volunteered at the Red Cross. In Connecticut she worked in Unionville for Dr. Wolfson, in West Hartford for Dr. Rixon and in New London for Dr. Roy Main.

After her husband’s passing she moved to Canton, then Middlewoods in Farmington and lastly to her daughter’s home in New Hartford. She loved researching family genealogy and created a large collection of family memories. She also loved reading mysteries.

She leaves behind 4 children: Mikki Hinman (Peter), David Barbour (Carin), Steven Barbour (Diane), Beth Upjohn (Bill),12 grandchildren, and 10 + great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, April 5th at 5:00 pm at Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike, Canton, CT 06019. Calling hours will be held prior from 4:00 pm to 5:00. Masks and social distancing requested. Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Litchfield County. Please visit Mary’s “Book of Memories” at for online tributes.
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    April 5, 2021 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    April 5, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Vincent Funeral Home - Canton
    120 Albany Turnpike
    Canton, CT 06019
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    April 5, 2021 | 5:00pm
    April 5, 2021 5:00pm
    Vincent Funeral Home - Canton
    120 Albany Turnpike
    Canton, CT 06019
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Bruce Springer

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Aunt Jean was the best! She was always interested in how life was going for others. She always had something positive to say and offering encouragement was her gift to everyone. We have such wonderful memories of the Barbours and the Springers making long drives and later flights to get together. What fun we had. The sons in those families always came up with adventures and creative ways to get in trouble. Aunt Jean always handled us by frowning and smiling at he same time. We will miss her very much.
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