1942 - 2022\n\nGARDINER - Barbara Ingrid McCarthy of Gardiner, Maine, passed away on October 11th at her home in Gardiner. Born in Worcester, MA, on January 21, 1942, she was the daughter of Edmond T. McCarthy and Esther I. (Maki) McCarthy.\n\nA lifelong learner, she graduated from the licensed practical nursing program at \nWorcester Trade High School and went on to practice nursing for 31 years. She was also an EMT for the Sterling, MA, volunteer fire department. She attended Quinsigamond Community College for many years before entering the Ada Comstock program at Smith College, from which she graduated as a studio art major in 2001.\n\nA seamstress all her life, she went from sewing doll clothes on a treadle-powered Singer, to dance recital costumes for her dancer daughter and her classmates, to wedding gowns when solicited by family or friends.\n\nVying with sewing, nursing, ongoing education, and raising five children, her world \ncentered in art. Before her art experience at Smith, she had been a member of Art \nAssociates in Oxford, MA. As a member of the Oxford Women’s Club, she taught \npainting to children and adults. Since moving to Maine, she has taught drawing and \nwatercolor painting at the University of Maine at Augusta. She also became a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Gardiner, where she recently served three years on the vestry of the church.\n\nBarbara is survived by her siblings: Thomas E. McCarthy (Lucille) of Worcester; Judith Robbins (Jonathan) of Whitefield; and Susan C. McCarthy of Randolph; by her children, Michael T. Coakley (Alexandra) of North Andover, MA; Robin A. Harris (Joseph) of Rutland, MA; Daniel T. Coakley (Katie) of Anderson, SC; Erin M. Hardison (John) of New Orleans, LA; and Patrick G. Coakley (Jennifer) of Bel Air, MD; eight grandchildren: Griffin Coakley, Morgan Coakley, Jessica Quist, Kyle Quist, Andrew Harris, Michael Harris, Cole Coakley, and Riley Kate Coakley; and six great-grandchildren: Cecilia, Cole, Chase, Avery, Makayla, and Ryleigh.\n\nShe is also survived by many beloved nephews and nieces, and by lifelong friends \nKenny and Patti Boucher of West Boylston, MA.\n\nArrangements are in the care of Staples Funeral & Cremation Service. There will be a service at Christ Church on the Common at 11 a.m. on Saturday October 29th followed by a reception hosted by members of the parish community. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Parish Discretionary Fund or the Haiti Rosette School Fund at Christ Church, 2 Dresden Avenue, Gardiner, ME 04345, or a donation to the Gardiner Public Library at 152 Water St, Gardiner, ME 04345.