DENNIS — Alice Barton, 80, of Dennis, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, June 17, 2012, at home.
Alice often told us that she was thankful for her wonderful life; she was blessed with an abundance of love. She wasn't afraid to be with her God in Heaven, she simply wanted to spend more time with her beloved husband of 25 years, Millard Cramp.
She is also survived by her devoted daughters Margaret Gormley of Hyannis and Lydia Kirchthurn, and her husband David, and the joys of her life her grandchildren Alice and Dylan, of Franklin, MA; her sister Sr. Mary Charlotte Barton GNSH, of Yardley PA; brother David Barton and his wife Yasuko, of San Jose, CA; sister, Pat Hartley and her husband Tom, of Plainville, MA, Sister Charlotte McGuire (now deceased), her huband Robert, from Dallas TX, brother James Barton and wife Carol, of Plymouth, MA; sister Mary Morais, of Chelmsford, MA; and cousin Linda Teuwen and her husband Hank, of Yarmouth, MA.
Professor, author, poet, philanthropist, peace activist, mentor, aunt, cousin, sister, mother, wife, and friend, Alice inspired so many, we marveled at her brilliance, her passion for living, thankful to bear witness to her exceptional life. She mothered us all filling our cups before her own, even leaving us comfort at the time of her own death.
BEYOND OCTOBER'S GLOW
"This late September swim will carry me through the deep winter beyond October's glow. I will float belly up past chill, past frost, past snow worshiping the clear blue September sky. Then I will dive down into the cool water. Savor its blessing, and bathed by salt balm, swim past icebergs, past glaciers, past frozen oceans into the full spring on the other side."
Visiting hours are Wednesday, June 20th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hallett Funeral Home, 273 Station Ave. in South Yarmouth. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, June 21st, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Cape Church, 468 Stony Brook Road in Brewster. Burial will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 1:30 p.m.
Please contribute in her memory to the charities that they are passionate about.