Nancy C. Barton, 80, teacher, counselor

November 03, 2003

Nancy Carpenter Barton, a former teacher at the Church of the Good Shepherd's day school in Ruxton, died Wednesday of Alzheimer's disease at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. She was 80.

Mrs. Barton was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Akron in the mid-1940s. She moved to Baltimore when she married Alexander K. Barton in 1949. They divorced in 1962.

For 42 years, Mrs. Barton lived on Carrollton Avenue in Ruxton, just two doors from the church where she taught day school in the 1970s. Her home was a popular fixture in the town, featuring in the front yard a 3-foot-tall Winnie the Pooh sculpture she made and decorated according to the season.

"In the wintertime, Winnie the Pooh had a scarf and a hat. At Easter time, he'd have an Easter outfit on," said her son, Michael Barton of Redwood City, Calif. "That was kind of her personal touch."

Mrs. Barton also worked as a counselor at Epoch House, a counseling center with branches in Baltimore County, from 1983 to 1993. She enjoyed cooking and was an avid artist and gardener. She was also active in Baltimore garden clubs.

She moved to the Charlestown Retirement Community in 1993.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1401 Carrollton Ave. in Ruxton.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Barton is survived by another son, Ford Barton of Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter, Meg West of Crozet, Va.; a sister, Suzanne Kemp of Hanford, Calif; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Kirk Barton.

Donations may be made to the Duke University Alzheimer Disease Research Fund at the Center for Human Genetics, P.O. Box 3445, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710.

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