Eleanor (Gates) Barry

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Born March 14, 1924 to Dr. Homer H. Gates and Rowena Delhommer Gates in Franklin, Louisiana. Eleanor graduated from Franklin High School as Valedictorian of her class. She attended H. Sophie Newcomb College in New Orleans where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, and graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She entered the program in medical technology at Big Charity Hospital in New Orleans and passed the National Registry examination to become a Registered Medical Technologist. After working for a physician in New Orleans and then for Shreveport Charity, she moved to Houston, and became employed at Hermann Hospital. While in Houston, she met and married her husband of thirty-four years, John O'Keefe (Jack) Barry, a petroleum geologist. They lived in San Antonio where their three boys were born, then moved to Lafayette, where their fourth child, a daughter, was born. Jack continued his practice as an independent geologist until his death in 1984. While raising her children, Eleanor returned to school at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and became a medical records administrator. She was a member of D.A.R., Les Deux Douzaines Club supporting the Lafayette Natural History Museum and Planetarium, the Pink Ladies at Lafayette General Hospital, the Olive Branch and Altar Guild at Church of the Ascension. In 2009, she became a resident at St. James Place in Baton Rouge where she continued to enjoy life and make numerous friends. Eleanor was known as a kind and gentle person, with a penchant for discipline. She never lost her sense of humor, and her keen attention to detail could be seen in her skills in china painting and later, oil acrylic painting. She became a world traveler, making trips to Europe, Egypt, Turkey, Ireland, New Zealand, and Israel, among others. Her desire to continue learning was demonstrated when, at age 85, she enrolled in a computer class in order to "learn about the internet." She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her children, John O'Keefe Barry Jr. and Carolyn, and their children, Erika B.Talley (Brian), John O. Barry III, Mary B. McClure (John), Patricia B. McAnally (Austin); Dr. Patrick H.G. Barry and Kathy, and their children Dr. Gates Barry II, Garett Barry, and Jack Barry; Andrew Gates Barry and Grace, and their children, Kevin J. Barry and David N. Barry; Courtney K. Barry and her husband, Jeff Howdeshell; and one sister, Mrs. George N. Lewis, (Carol), of Tallahassee, Florida; Great-grandchildren include Lauren Talley, Leah Talley, Alexis Talley, Lila McClure, Luke McClure, Sam McClure, Eleanor (Nora) McAnally and Elijah McAnally. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Acadiana in Lafayette, or St. Albans Episcopal Chapel in Baton Rouge. A memorial service is scheduled for December 8th, 2018 at 1:00 pm., at St. James Place, 333 Lee Drive in Baton Rouge.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Dec. 1 to Dec. 8, 2018