Barbara Henry Cleaveland

Barbara Henry Cleaveland of Chapel Hill, North Carolina died of a sudden stroke on Aug. 6.

The daughter of Hilda Beggs Henry and Frank Henry of Atlanta, Georgia, Barbara lived in Chapel Hill since the 1950s, where she practiced social work and taught at the school of social work at the University of North Carolina. She was active in her neighborhood association and was a supporter of Chapel Hill public schools and the National Democratic Party.

For the past 20 years Barbara and her husband Fred lived half of the year in Eastsound, on Orcas Island, where they farmed and were active in supporting the arts, the nature conservancy, and the library.

Barbara loved the natural world and spent many hours hiking and gardening. She was an avid reader with a deep, intellectual curiosity. She was a generous, loving friend and a devoted wife and mother.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 65 years, Frederic Cleaveland, of Chapel Hill; three children, Marily McConnell, of Berkeley, Calif., Ann Gaubinger, of Northampton, Mass., and Kenneth Cleaveland, of Andrews North Carolina; nine grandchildren, Amy and Emily Lundberg, Nicholas, Rachel, Adam and Michael Gaubinger, and Ian, Daniel, and Katherine Theresa Cleaveland; and two great grandchildren, Willem and Morgan. She was well-loved by all who knew her.

A memorial service was held at the Chapel Hill Community Church on Aug. 12. Memorial donations may be made to the Interfaith Council of Chapel Hill or the San Juan Preservation Trust, Box 327, Lopez, WA 98261.