Andover, MA — Barbara (Johnson Mackay) Crouch, 87, of Bedford, Mass., passed away on June 3, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. In recent years, she had been a resident of Carleton-Willard. She was a resident of Andover for many years and more recently lived in North Chelmsford.
Born in Lawrence, Mass., on August 22, 1924, to Arthur and Doris MacKay, she was brought up in Methuen. She graduated from Edward F. Searles High School in Methuen in 1942, where she was active in school activities including theater and cheerleading. She was voted most popular by her class. Her childhood included wonderful memories of summers spent at the family camp on Canobie Lake.
Barbara was the first women in her family to graduate from college. She attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated with a degree in occupational therapy. She was a member of Mask and Dagger, president of the Pan-Hellenic Organization, and recognized as a member of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. At the age of 40, as a single mother, she decided to return to school and pursue a career in teaching. After graduating in 1965, from Salem State College with a master’s degree in education, she taught for 21 years at South School in Andover. She enjoyed teaching all subjects, but particularly writing and classes that developed her students’ creativity. She gravitated to those students who needed extra help and someone to give them encouragement.
Barbara maintained a lifelong interest in learning and creative activities. She was a poet, a painter, and loved to play classical piano. An active reader throughout her life, she had an interest in a wide range of subjects including poetry, science, philosophy, classic literature, and novels set in foreign countries. She enjoyed crafts and would often talk of the enjoyment she took in fixing up her house in Andover.
She was a lifelong Universalist Unitarian and most recently attended the Bedford, Mass., church. Previously, she had been a member of the Chelmsford, North Andover and Andover churches.
She will be missed by her loving son, Peter Johnson and his wife, Marie, Johnson of Harvard, Mass.; her grandchildren, Laura Johnson of Jamaica Plain, Mass., and Patrick Johnson of Brighton, Mass.; her brother, Bob Mackay and his wife, Carol; and her nieces and nephews Scott, Pam, Debbie, Steve, Sandy, and Karen. She was predeceased by her husband, John (Jack) Crouch.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at Carleton-Willard, 100 Old Billerica Road, Bedford, Mass., on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 2 p.m. Relatives and friends are most welcome to attend. There will be a reception following the service.