Doris Jeanne (Gifford) Barry


Doris Jeanne Gifford Barry, age 97, of Rome, NY, passed peacefully on October 19, 2020, after a long and full life centered on her family, faith, and friends. Doris was born in Whitesboro to Leonard and Mary Elizabeth Gauthier Gifford.

On June 10, 1944, Doris married Quintin Barry, with whom she shared 73 years, until his passing on October 24, 2017. Doris was a loving mother to Mary Jacqueline (“Jackie,” of Utica, wife of Felix LaBella Jr.) and Mary Elizabeth (“Betsy,” of Smithfield, VA, wife of Bill Knapp). She was blessed with four grandchildren (Aimee Knapp Sullivan [David], Bill Knapp Jr. [Annie], Felix LaBella III and Desiree LaBella) and four great-grandchildren (Clare, Erin, and Ryan Sullivan; and Ellie Knapp). In addition, Doris is survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Doris was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Rome. Her faith carried through many challenges and trying times and enriched her in joyous ones. She was a wonderful mother who loved and enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and always made a loving home for her family. She and Quint opened their home to children in foster care, surrounding them with love and warmth. In addition, Doris worked at the New York State School for the Deaf in Rome for almost 30 years.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to St. Peter’s, the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Barry Funeral Home, 807 W. Chestnut Street.

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