Barbara A. ‘Connie‘ Barrett

ESCANABA – Barbara A. “Connie” Barrett, 93, of Escanaba, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at North Woods Assisted Living in Escanaba. She was born Oct. 1, 1919, in Toledo, Ohio, and was the daughter of Phillip and Ann (Gibson) Conser. Connie graduated from Toledo High School in 1936 and later graduated in 1940 from DePauw University with her degree in English and education.

The former Barbara A. “Connie” Conser married Luther M. Barrett on July 19, 1941, in Toledo, Ohio, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 20, 2006. Connie and Luther moved to Escanaba in 1964. Connie was a substitute teacher and later worked at the Carnegie Library retiring as the director. While there, she started the Friends of the Library and created the Book Sale Room.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Joy Circle at the church and was the church librarian. She also was a member of the Escanaba Women’s Club, PEO, Altrusa and the sorority, Delta Delta Delta. Connie was a member of the Delta County Historical Society where she served as secretary of the board of directors.

Barbara A. “Connie” Barrett is survived by: sons, James (Mary) Barrett of Escanaba and Jeffrey Barrett of Escanaba; daughter, Sally (James) Martin of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; three grandchildren, Bonnie Levy, Brian Barrett and Stacey Mains; five great-granddaughters, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers Thomas and Phillip Conser.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the First United Methodist Church in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Barbara A. “Connie” Barrett will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday with Rev. Carman Minarik officiating. A time for fellowship will follow in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Friends of the Escanaba Library or First United Methodist Church. Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home or at the church the day of the services. The Barrett family would like to thank North Woods Assisted Living and Marquette General Hospice for their loving care and support given to Connie. The Anderson Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements and online condolences can be sent to the family at