FRANKLIN — Jean Mary Harty passed peacefully July 15, 2012, in Franklin. She was born July 19, 1931, in Philadelphia, Pa., daughter of Violet and William Barnum.
Jean remembered her mother as stern and her father as a delight, which were two forces she strove to balance throughout her life. Jean was amongst the first group of women to graduate with a degree in graphic design from Pratt Institute in New York City. Upon marrying, she moved to the suburbs of Detroit, where she worked as a graphic designer for several years before devoting herself full time to raising her three children. After 31 years of marriage, Jean divorced and moved to Underhill, Vt., on a wish and a prayer. Over the next two decades, the long, passionate work of rebuilding a neglected house finally brought her to fully embody the meaning of the Latin inscription that greeted you at her front entry–parva domvs magna ovies–small home, great peace. In 2008, Jean was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She spent her remaining years in the close and loving company of her three children. Today, even upon passing, her courage, grace, insatiable curiosity and playful spirit continue to ripple out and touch the people who loved her.
She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Marlis Barnum, of Lewiston, Mont.; her daughter, Kim Harty, of Bar Harbor; sons, Drew Harty, of Treadwell, N.Y. and Collin Harty, of Stafford Springs, Conn.; and grandchildren, Kallie Eugenides, of Essex, Conn., and Anna Harty, of Los Angeles, Calif. She was predeceased by her older brother, William Barnum, of Silver Springs, Md.; and grandson, Brenner Eugenides, of Brooklyn, N.Y. The family wishes to offer special thanks to Liz McGurk of Underhill, Vt., and Diane Dow and the staff at Golden Acres Boarding Home of Franklin, for their professionalism and compassion during her final years. Please make any memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org).