Mary Barton (nee Young) was born on May 6, 1926 in Ridgewood, Queens to Andrew Young and Helen Fernis. Her childhood years were spent in Ridgewood, Queens where she lived with her parents and her sister Helen. She later moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn where she met and married her husband Donald Barton in 1946. In 1956 they purchased their home in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn where together they raised their five children, Donald, Gerald, Marianne, John and Michael.
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Mary was predeceased by her husband Donald, sons Donald George (Catherine) Gerald Thomas (Stephanie) and sister Helen Barton (George). Mary and her husband Donald were married for 48 years. She is survived by her children Marianne (Gerry), John (Flore) and Michael (Maria). Proud grandmother of Christopher, Stacy, Brian, DJ, Kevin, David, Laura, Patrick, John, Eoin, Colin, Lauren and Kiera; she was thought of as “grandma” by their spouses as well. She adored being great-grandmother of Gannon, Emma, Sam, Mary, Aidan, Annabelle, Iason, MacKenzie, Kean, Abigail and another great-granddaughter on the way in September 2019.
She will be missed by her nieces and nephews as well as her many grandnieces and grandnephews who also thought of her as “grandmother.” She outlived the relatives and close friends of her generation, which earned her the title of “matriarch” by her children and grandchildren alike.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to one of the following in memory of Mary Barton:
The Princeton Child Development Institute, 300 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 924-6280
Washington Center’s PTA, Washington Center School, 2 Betty Spencer Drive, Greenville, SC 29607 (864) 355-0250