BAR HARBOR — Barbara Carney Moulton died Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at the age of 90. She was born in Tenants Harbor on March 1, 1927, the daughter of James and Faustina Carney of Thomaston and the devoted wife of Norman Moulton Sr. for 65 years. Norman Moulton Sr. predeceased Barbara in 2015.
A small woman with a big presence, Barbara was always busy. Barbara became a cosmetologist in her late teens to assist the family financially opening her beauty salon in her mother’s home in Thomaston and later went back to earn her GED. While her fondest position in life was being a “Mom,” “Grammie” or “Mimi,” she also worked as a real estate broker and ran Stratford Real Estate for many years in Bar Harbor. She was most recently and notably an innkeeper in Bar Harbor, and ran the Stratford House Inn in Bar Harbor for 25 years, with her husband, Norm. Throughout that time she adored sharing her home with people from all over the world, many who became “regulars” and extended family. Regardless of who came to her door she always greeted people with a warm smile and warm, freshly homemade muffins daily. She would sit with her guests for hours and share information about her beloved Mount Desert Island and what excursions they could take whether it was sunny or rainy.
She was a consummate homemaker and taught her children to bake pie with a perfect crust and beautiful ruffled edges, as well as make a meal to feed an army. She also handed down the talents of sewing, knitting and embroidery as well as teaching her children to drive a “Four on the Floor,” as she would say. She was especially proud when she personally made Paulette’s wedding gown. As an innkeeper, she taught her children and grandchildren how to make a bed with perfect “hospital corners” and set the table correctly for a full-house at the inn.
Her children were her life and you could never leave until you gave her a hug and a kiss. Even if she didn’t know you, she always offered a warm hug. Her famous line was, “I’m a hugger. I don’t need to shake your hand.” She was a nervous individual, so one could always be sure if there was an accident, she was the first on the phone to ensure that you weren’t involved if she heard about it on the scanner.
Barbara loved to sing and dance and was thrilled to attend the annual Hay Seeders Ball in Bar Harbor. She adored her German shepherd Tiffany and loved to show how the dog could sing “Happy Birthday” with her and Tiffany would always chime in and howl. Barbara’s favorite pastime was sharing a story or a joke, and she could often be heard saying “Hey, can we talk here” with a hint of a New York accent.
Barbara was an ardent supporter of the MDIHS Theater Department. She was often taking hot meals out to her children after school while they practiced into the wee hours of night. She attended every performance of every play that her children participated in and often was found in the cast room helping with hair and make-up during many a show. One year she hosted an entire one-act play cast at her home and treated them all to breakfast at the inn before they departed for home for Presque Isle. She absolutely adored all the children she worked with in the theater and considered them extended family.
She was a member of the Bar Harbor Congregational Church, the Women’s Hospital Auxiliary and often could be found assisting at the food pantry helping prepare food baskets during the holidays. She may have been best known for her amazing blueberry pies that she often donated to many a Hospital Auxiliary or church fair for dessert.
Barbara will be dearly missed and forever remembered by her son, Norman Moulton Jr. of Trenton, and wife, Leslee; her son Stephen Moulton of Bar Harbor and daughter Jennifer Stonehouse of Alfred and husband, Tom; and son-in-law, Mitchell Small of Ellsworth and wife, Barbara. Barbara was predeceased by her daughter Paulette M. Small in 1981. She was delighted to have five wonderful grandchildren, Casey Hardwick and husband, Nathan; Aaron Small and wife, Sarah; Benjamin Small; Sarah Stonehouse and Abigail Stonehouse. She adored her great-grandchildren, Brittany Moulton, Tyler Hardwick, Chase Hardwick, Christopher Small, Brady Small and Carter Small. Barbara was predeceased by her brothers, Kenneth Johnson of Groton, Conn., and Malcolm “Mickey” Carney of Thomaston and a sister, Glenice Jordan, also of Thomaston. She was very fond of Dr. Mihai and Anna Cosma of Scarborough, and thought of them as close extended family along with their children.
The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Avita of Wells and Birch Bay Safe Harbor for the loving care they provided Barbara in the last 20 months.
A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held on April 28, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St. in Alfred.
Barbara will be laid to rest next to her husband, Norman Sr., on Saturday, May 13, at 10 a.m. at Ledgelawn Cemetery in Bar Harbor, followed by a memorial service at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow for her family and friends.
To leave a message of condolence for her family, please visit www.autumngreenfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in her name to your local food pantry or a local animal shelter.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.