Barbara J. Hawes

August 31, 1949August 11, 2020

Barbara (Jerry) Hawes passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA at the age of 70 years old. Lifted by her favorite songs and videos from grandchildren and so many friends and family during her final days, she died with grace and a warm smile, whispering in her final moments: “You know, I’ve been really do love me.”

‘Beej’ was married to Robert Hawes of Westport, MA for 45 years and she enjoyed adding with a grin: “and in love for 50!”

Born in Burlington, VT and daughter to the late Dr. Gerald J. Jerry, Chief of Radiology at Newburgh Hospital, and Genevieve V. Jerry, Barbara was raised in Yonkers and Cornwall-on- Hudson, NY. She spent 46 years in Westport, MA.

A graduate of Cornwall Central High School, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pre-Med at the University of Vermont, Class of 1971. She also completed one year towards a Masters Degree in Mathematics at Bridgewater State University.

Barbara touched hundreds of lives with her contagious smile and laughter, playful humor, her jocular story-telling, productive creativity, genuine love for all her family and friends, and just good old-fashioned ‘full-of-life’ fun.

Barbara’s passions were fueled and fired by arts and crafts, Christmas events, family, books and education, baking, music and flowers. Her creativity came to life in a number of heirloom artifacts. She founded S.E.A. Designs to make quilts, skirts, and the reversible halter top from southeast Asian batik fabrics. She created extravagant and festive holiday dinners, and famous desserts from the British Baking Show. She took Nantucket basket weaving classes and wove numerous ice buckets, Easter baskets, picnic baskets and her most recent masterpiece, a Nantucket Baby Cradle, which she filled with her handmade knitted blankets, scarves and lamb’s wool sweaters. She opened her home each December with the tradition of illuminating not one, but three, Christmas trees joyously decorated with meaningful ornaments highlighting the spirit of the season. She enjoyed hosting mother-daughter Christmas tea parties with fine confections, and creating Christmas magic for the local community.

Barbara was a behavioral counselor and a frequent Friends Academy substitute teacher. She sang the ‘Requiem’ in the New Bedford Choral Society and joined the Bell Choir at the United Congregational Church, Little Compton, RI. Her love of creating floral arrangements became a fine art after having worked at Sylvan Nursery and Sayles Livingston Design. Barbara founded with friend, Ada Snow, the Harbor Book Club in 2009, and was a life member and past President of the Fall River Friday Club (that meets on Thursday), a 100 year old woman’s literary group.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters: Heather S. Hawes and husband, David A. Dwyer, of Cohasset, MA and Jillian C. Hawes of Westport, MA; one sister, Jerilyn A. Dali and husband Richard Dali (Silver Spring, MD); two brothers: Dr. Paul S. Jerry and wife, Arlene Jerry and Dr. Gerald J. Jerry, Jr. and wife, Lisa Jerry, both of Saint Claire, MI; three grandchildren: Isabelle K., Beatrice C. and William H. Dwyer. Completing her family portrait are nieces: Amanda Dali (Boyds, MD), Melissa J. Lewis (Atlanta, GA) and Nicole and Kristina Jerry (NYC); and nephews: Mark Dali (Catonsville, MD), Ryan Jerry (Raleigh, NC), Matthew Jerry (Tampa, FL), Kristopher Jerry (Palm Beach, FL) and JayJay Jerry (Grosse Point, MI).

Due to current restrictions, a private family service will be held in Barbara’s honor on Friday, September 4, 2020 at their boathouse on the Westport River. A special video of the service will be available for all to see.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to either the South Coast Artist, P.O. Box 3716, Westport, MA 02790 (please write Memorial Education Fund in check memo), or The United Congregational Church of Little Compton, RI, P.O. 506, Little Compton, RI 02837.


  • Private Memorial Service

    Friday, September 4, 2020


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Paul Howard

September 8, 2020

Condolences to Barbara's family, from a former Cornwall neighbor across Pine Street.

Fond Regards,
Paul Howard

Anne Yatteau (VanOrsdell)

September 7, 2020

I went to school with Beej from elementary to the end of highschool. I competed with her in 5th grade for multiplication queen. She was devoted to her studies. Jr. prom came and she was queen. Oh how lovely she was. I loved my visits to her home and her parents were so wonderful as were Toby and Penny, the family Rotties. I remember so well her sister, Paul, and Jay running in and out with thier Scout jeeps. Her mom would talk with us for hours.
I also remember when she and I got caught in the boys dorm after curfew when she started dating" Hawsy"at UVM and could not get out till morning. Those memories are so very special and finding out about her death shocked me. I have thought of her so many times over the years and she was truly a beautiful and special person.

Donald Deans

September 6, 2020

I have fond memories of meeting at the Cornwall Town Hall tennis court in 1973, 6 years after our CCHS graduation. We had fun playing tennis and catching up. May you rest in peace.
My condolences to the family
Donnie Deans
Class of 67 CCHS

Deborah DeGraw

September 4, 2020

The Cornwall Central High School,
Class of 1967, send Beeje's family and friends our deepest sympathy and condolences.
She was a vibrant member of our high school class and will be remembered with abiding fondness.

Deb Lafayette

September 3, 2020

My heart and tears are with you. Sending love and peace.

Marsha England

September 2, 2020

My heart goes out to the Hawes family for the loss of Beeje.
Such an incredible woman. She will be sorely missed by so many..

Rose Esson-Dawson

August 13, 2020

So many wonderful visits at Boathouse Row. Shouting greetings across the water, visiting each others deck. She was a fabulous member of Friday Club. Her papers were such an extension of her bright mind. I will miss you my friend.


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