BARTON--Joan. Joan Barton of Stratford, Connecticut, died from complications of lung cancer on November 11, 2017, six weeks short of her eightieth birthday. She was born on December 21, 1937, in Seattle, Washington, the older of two daughters of Harry Lang Barton and Alice Pauline Barton (nee Williams). Her family moved to Bayside, New York, while she was a child and soon moved to nearby Flushing, where she became an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church and sang in the choir. She graduated from Bayside High School and received a B.A. in history from Queens College of the City University of New York. After working for American Airlines and the television- station representatives Peters Griffin Woodward, she did some teaching and then joined an advertising firm, remaining in that field until her retirement. She is survived by her life's partner, Eunice "Sue" Schwager; her sister, Linda Drohan; her dear friends, Anne and Dick Mullen; her goddaughter, Claire Mullen Carter, and the rest of the Mullen family; her friend Tom Tanselle; and her friend and helper, Corinne Versage. Who was Joan? She was kindness. She was gentleness. Although she suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for over twenty years, she never complained. She had an artistic sense and a sense of personal style, shown in the pins, bracelets, rings, earrings, and scarves she always wore. She loved Christmas and the celebrations surrounding it, decorating the house with evergreen boughs and Christmas plants and candles. She had a love of animals (starting in Seattle with the family dog Peg), enjoyed gardening, spending time at the ocean, and sports (including traveling to the Polo Grounds with her mother and sister to see the New York Giants baseball team), was proud of her liberal politics, and was interested in theater, opera, and literature. She loved to interact with people. And she will be missed by all who knew her. How do we say good-bye?
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