Amy Lee Cook Barton was born June 26, 1924 in Calhoun County, Alabama. She was the seventh child in a family of twelve (10 girls and 2 boys) born to the late George and Adele Gresham Cook. She came north to New England in the early 1940’s as a teenager settling into service in the home of George and Constance Harrington of Swampscott, Massachusetts. A graduate of Lynn Classical High School and a former employee of the old Ships Haven Restaurant, she later pursued a career in practical nursing. She was a former employee of the Stahl family, Star of David and the Shattuck Hospital. She retired as a certified nurse technician from the Massachusetts Osteopathic Hospital and Medical Center in Jamaica Plain in 1990.
On February 22, 1947 she was united in holy matrimony to the late Walter C. Barton. From this union four children were born: Clyde (Walter Jr.), Steven, Vanessa, and Lisa. She was an active member of the Zion Baptist Church in Lynn, MA for more than twenty years before moving to Boston in 1962. After moving to Boston she joined New Fellowship Baptist Church. At New Fellowship she directed plays and church pageants. Later in life she transferred her membership to the St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church. A resident of Jamaica Plan for more than 30 years, she moved to Sherrill House in 2008. Amy lived at Sherrill house for 9 years until her death.
Amy loved nursing and after retirement often did special duty nursing and home health care. She enjoyed travel, fashion, books, plays, and crocheting. Amy was a voracious reader and clotheshorse, especially hats and shoes. If there was a sale at Neiman Marcus on Charles Jourdan, Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, or Nolan Miller suits she was at the head of the line. She was an old-time movie fan. Any night with a Bette Davis or Joan Crawford movie was a good night. Johnny Mathis, Jackie Wilson, Ray Charles, and Nat King Cole could sing and do no wrong. She enjoyed the finer things in life and was constantly recasting the past in a better light.
Amy would hold on to those fleeting moments that mattered most. An important event in the lives of her children: a wedding, a proud accomplishment, a new arrival, or racing her first born on a beach, in Bermuda, in high heels and winning. And, she loved to dance. She was indeed a woman with many gifts and social graces.
She leaves to celebrate the good of her life: her children, the Reverend Walter Clyde Barton, Jr., Bridgeport, CT, Steven Gary Barton, San Francisco, CA, and Lisa Barton (David Hinman), Framingham, MA. Her daughter Vanessa Gay Peters predeceased her in 2006. She is also survived by former son-in-law Mario Peters, five grandchildren: Lauren, Jarrett, Darryl, Marisa, Wesley, 6 great-grandchildren: Jai, Jadeyn, Jordan, Laila Alexandria, Nikko, and Saroya, and a host of nephews and nieces.
A Viewing will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00am followed by Funeral service at 11:00 O’clock at Riley-Antoine Funeral Home 171 Humobldt Ave., Dorchester, MA 02121
Interment: Oak Lawn Cemetery
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Riley-Antoine Funeral Home