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Rose Marie Barrett

August 6, 1926June 8, 2021

Rose Marie Barrett, 94, of Williamsburg, VA, and formerly of Boston, MA, passed away on June 8, 2021.

She was preceded in death by her husband John C. Barrett; son John C. Barrett, Jr.; parents Theodore and Amelia Vozzella (DeAngelis); and brother-in-law, Kenneth Larkin.

Rose graduated from Roslindale High School and Boston Business School. During World War II, she worked briefly in the Secretarial Pool of Army Intelligence. She retired from the Allen Ryan CPA firm, where she worked as the Office Manager.

While living in Massachusetts, she was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Roslindale, MA. Rose enjoyed traveling and ocean cruising. She started a Bridge Club in Williamsburg, VA and was a member of the Red Hat Ladies Society. She had taught piano and loved playing it, always ready to play a tune on any nearby keyboard. She also always loved socializing and doting on her grandchildren.

She will be missed by her sister Elizabeth A. Larkin of Roslindale, MA; her daughter Susan Howard (Barrett) and son-in-law Ernest Howard of Williamsburg, VA; her grandchildren Christopher Kilgore and his wife Jenny of Louiseville, TN, Emily Criner (Howard) and her husband Justin of Chesterfield, VA, Jonathan Howard of Richmond, VA; and three great-grandchildren, Emma Kilgore, Ava Kilgore, and Aria Criner.

Her family is very grateful to Spring Arbor Assisted Living of Williamsburg, VA and the Williamsburg Hospice House for their care and support.

There will be a Memorial Celebration of Life in Boston, MA later this summer.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Rose Marie Barrett

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Kathy Gill

June 13, 2021

Dear Betty and Family,
I don’t have to tell you what an amazing person Rose was. She was a gem and a big part of Gill’s life as well as ours. Please know we are with you in thoughts and prayers.
We will be calling you soon as we arrive on Friday.
Much love,
Kathy and Dave

Joshua Livingston

June 11, 2021

I knew Nonni Rose all my life. She was a bright light in all our lives and she will be missed dearly. Love, Joshua Livingston

Lauren Hamlin

June 11, 2021

My memories of "Nonni" all took place around Christmas Eve parties at Susan and Ernie's house. She was always ready with a hysterical quip, her very sharp sense of humor, and a huge hug for me, every year. I will forever miss her lovely, irreverent, and "spicy" presence.
Rest in Power, Nonni.