Anna Lee Barrett
On Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and school teacher, Anna (Anne) Lee Browning Barrett of Beckley, passed away at the Bowers Hospice House.
Born March 9, 1920, at Meador, Mingo County, she was the eldest of four daughters born to Kenna Z. and Willa Jane Hatfield Browning, who preceded her in death. Her heritage and ancestry were rich with legendary relatives who included her great-great-grandfather, Valentine “Wall” Hatfield, brother of Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield, and her great-grandfather, Floyd Hatfield, who owned the infamous pig that started the historic Hatfield/McCoy feud.
Mrs. Barrett’s husband, Quentin Barrett, and daughter, Betty Ann, preceded her in death.
Those left to cherish her memory are son, Robert Kenneth Barrett and his wife, Linda, of Grand Junction, Colo., and daughter, Elizabeth Browning Barrett and her fiancé, James O. Meadows Sr., of Beckley; three beloved grandchildren, Candace Brette Wills of Naperville, Ill., Andrew Quentin Barrett (Dana) of Hong Kong and Colby Emerson Barrett (Leslie) of Grand Junction; she has three sisters, Zelta Conley of Ravenswood, June Davis of St. Albans and Faye B. Ray of Charleston; she was blessed with great-grandchildren, Scarlett, Hunter, and Lachlan; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nephews.
Mrs. Barrett grew up in North Matewan, and graduated from Magnolia High School in 1936. She attended Berea College, graduated from Concord College, and earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from West Virginia University. She earned another 45 hours beyond her M.A. degree. She taught school for 37 years in Raleigh County at Edwight Grade School and Mount View Elementary and Junior High Schools, retiring in 1981.
She enjoyed being a homemaker, sewing, art, music, interior decorating and was a fan of belly dancing. She loved her grandchildren and, especially, her grandchildren’s summer visits at the family farm in Virginia.
Anna Lee Barrett
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