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Barbara Farnsworth

WEST CORNWALL — Barbara Farnsworth, 84, of West Cornwall, died on Aug. 15, 2018, at Noble Horizons. She was the life partner of the late Harry L. Colley II.

Barbara was born on June 18, 1934, in New York City, the daughter of the late Margaret (Leczer) and William Blaha.

Barbara graduated from Middlebury College in 1955 and worked as an oil and gas researcher at McGraw Hill. She married Clyde H. Farnsworth on Sept. 3, 1956. They moved to Europe in 1963, where Clyde was a New York Times foreign correspondent in London, Brussels and Paris, and Barbara worked as a correspondent for the Economist magazine.

In 1978, Barbara returned to the United States and acquired Martin Gold’s book shop in West Cornwall. Over the next 40 years, as a member of ABAA, she grew the business into one of the most respected antiquarian bookstores in North America.

She is survived by two sons, Andrew and Alexander. 

A memorial service will be held at the United Church of Christ in Cornwall at 11 a.m. on Oct. 6.

The Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon has care of arrangements.