Barbara C. Buchanan
April 24, 1928 – December 11, 2019
Chester- Barbara Combes Buchanan, 91, of Milford, PA and Chester, CT, passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 in Essex, CT, after complications due to a fall, surrounded by her family. Mrs. Buchanan was born in The Bronx, NY on April 24th,1928 to William Harrison Combes and Mary Eleanor Combes (nee Angyalfy). Mrs. Buchanan graduated high school from The Ursuline School in New Rochelle, NY. After graduating from Marymount University in Tarrytown, NY with a degree in English, she taught nursery school in Larchmont, NY where her family resided. In October of 1951, Miss Combes married Harry Winters Buchanan, III of New York and they settled in Larchmont. Mrs. Buchanan dedicated her life to her family. As a young family, they moved to Natick, MA so that her husband could attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Sloan Fellow. They then settled in Milford, PA at Cliff Park where they were among the fifth generation of Buchanans to live on the property for over fifty years. Mrs. Buchanan raised six children with a focus on family, her Catholic faith and the importance of education. She filled the house with music, literature and fun. While Mr. Buchanan traveled for work, Mrs. Buchanan provided a graciously welcoming presence at Cliff Park Inn and Golf Course, a business which had been started by Mr. Buchanan’s grandmother in 1913. In 1966, Mrs. and Mr. Buchanan moved their family to Portsmouth, Virginia for Mr. Buchanan to become President and Chairman of the Board of the Virginia Chemicals Corporation. They returned to Cliff Park each summer and most holidays ultimately returning full time in 1983. Mrs. Buchanan regularly entertained friends and business associates and accompanied her husband on business trips around the world. An avid reader and lover of the well written word, in 1988, at 60, Mrs. Buchanan opened Mill Run Booksellers, the first independent bookstore in Milford with well curated books and gifts. The inaugural book signing was with Pulitzer Prize winning author Frank McCourt for his book Angela’s Ashes. For 20 years, Mrs. Buchanan ran Mill Run, a treasured local destination. Mrs. Buchanan belonged to The Union League Club of New York and had an apartment in the city. Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan were married for 58 years. Survivors: Sons, Harry Winters IV, MD of Allentown, Bruce Stewart, and his wife, Laura of NY, NY, and Brien Combes and his wife, Jennifer of Milford; daughters, Cathleen Joan and her husband Anthony Barri, M.D. of Old Lyme, CT, Virginia Gail and her husband Brian Myer of Matamoras, PA, and Mary Ann and her husband Pete Sacripanti of Purcellville, VA; twenty grandchildren, and beloved Combes nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Harry Winters Buchanan, III, her sister Joan Combes Paz, her brother William Harrison Combes, Jr. and her grandson Luke Lawson Buchanan. Services: Visiting hours will be held on Friday, December 20, 2019 in Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Ln., Old Lyme, CT at 9:00 to form a procession for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 in Saint John’s Church, 161 Main St., Old Saybrook CT. A Graveside Service will be held at the Milford Cemetery in Milford, PA on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 1:00 . Contributions: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Maryknoll Society at www.maryknollsociety.org or call 888-627-9566.
- Calling Hours Friday, December 20, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Friday, December 20, 2019
- Graveside Service Saturday, December 21, 2019
Barbara C. Buchanan
January 15, 2020
I send my condolences to your family. I am so sorry I just found out and I am deeply saddened by the loss of Barbara. I had the chance to work with her just after thanksgiving; she was one of the sweetest ladies that I have ever met. I enjoyed her company and loved to listen to her stories. She was always so pleasant. I can see wherever she went there was always sunshine. As she is still spreading sunshine I am sure! ❤️
Dora MECHURA (Jennifer Buchanan's Mother)
December 20, 2019
It is with great profound sorrow the Mechura family extends their heartfelt sympathy. When there is love any life is too short.....
Even though we have never had the opportunity to meet we share a very special bond with our most precious grandson, Lawson Winters Buchanan. I am confident as he grows up his inquisitiveness will want to learn about you. I devotedly will give him my unending support about you.
In your remembrance may the sweet memories be a source of comfort from your family & friends.
RIP along with our blessings! DORA MECHURA
December 14, 2019
One of my favorite days with Mrs B was the Saturday we sat in front of Cumberland Farms in Deep River for many hours! Christine kept calling wanting to send a driver to pick us up. No Mrs B. stated “ I am not leaving my car”. So we sat and waited for triple AAA. Later that day a tow truck came. The very nice man took Mrs B and helped her into the tow truck while I pushed Mrs B tush. We laughed about this so many times after this happened! Love and will miss her. Marie. Cariello