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Barbara Dowling

Barbara Ann Dowling (Skiffington)

Monday, March 20th, 1939 - Thursday, February 21st, 2019
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Barbara Ann (Skiffington) Dowling, 79 of North Adams, MA passed peacefully Thursday February 21, 2019 at Berkshire Medical Center.
She was born in North Adams, MA on March 20, 1939 daughter of William and Dorothy Louise (Yorke) Skiffington. She attended Freeman School and graduated from Drury High School with the class of 1957 completing its business program. While in high school, Barbara was the captain of the cheerleaders; was a member of the Nu Sigma Society and Pro Merito and was a member of the Exchange Club and yearbook staff.
Barbara was last employed as the administrative assistant to the Superintendent of North Adams Public Schools. In her younger years, she worked at Cascade School Supplies and General Electric Co, and also worked at the election polls.
She was a communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church and had been a member of the former St. Francis Choir. Barbara served on her high school reunion committee for 50 years and was a co-founder of the Freeman Girls Group. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who especially enjoyed going to all of her grandchildren's sporting events, dance recitals and activities. She never missed a game. Barbara was a kind person and was loved by all.
She married the love of her life, Mike Dowling on October 8, 1960 and besides her husband is survived by two daughters- Kelly A. Dowling Bohl and her husband, Harold of Brewster, MA; and Jennifer L. Dowling Morgan and her husband, Daniel of North Adams and her son, Michael Francis Dowling III and his wife, Jennifer of Stamford, VT. She also leaves seven grandchildren including Brian Dowling and his wife, Makayla; Kierstyn Bohl, Jared Bohl and his wife, Kaysie, Kevin Dowling, Aimee Dowling, Ethan Morgan and Ella Morgan; and two great grandchildren including Logan and Addison with one on the way; and two brothers including Frederick "Skip" Skiffington of North Carolina and William Skiffington of Oklahoma and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Robert Skiffington.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Barbara Dowling will be celebrated Tuesday February 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery. Calling hours at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA are Monday from 4-7 PM. Memorial donations may be made to North Adams Public Schools to be intended for the Colegrove Park Elementary School playground for the benefit of the children she loved so much, in care of the funeral home. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit
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  • Visitation

    Monday, February 25th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, February 25th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Flynn&Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals Central Chapel
    74 Marshall St.
    NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247
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  • Service

    Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church
    70 Marshall St.
    NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247
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    Rev. Gary Caster
  • Interment

    Southview Cemetery
    1075 South Church St.
    NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247
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Helen Bellard

Posted at 11:54pm
Mike and family my condolences and sympathy and comfort for your loss in this time of need God BLess Helen Bellard

Ruth Donovan

Posted at 08:59am
Sending you my deepest sympathy.
Ruth Donovan


Posted at 08:14am
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. When someone you love dies, you often find some measure of comfort in the memories you have. Something else that can bring comfort is the knowledge that you are not alone in your remembrance of them. John 5:28, 29: “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out...” The term “memorial tombs” as used in this verse carries the implication of preserving the memory of the one who has died. In this context it suggests that the person who died is remembered by God. So overtime you may feel that you are the only one who remembers your loved one, but God has not forgotten then. His memory is not ravaged by time, and he will use his memory to restore life to those who have fallen asleep in death. May this knowledge bring you comfort during this difficult time.

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