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Barbara Chase (Newhall) Ames

Barbara Chase (Newhall) Ames of Ipswich, formerly of Swampscott, passed away on January 8, 2018, at the age of 91, after a long illness. Barbara was the daughter of the late Kenneth C. Newhall and Gladys M. (Beliveau) Newhall, of Swampscott. She was born September 24, 1926 in West Palm Beach, Florida, mere days after the great Miami hurricane. Her mother spent the day of the hurricane hiding under the kitchen table while pregnant with Barbara. Fortunately, both were unharmed. She was raised in Swampscott, graduated from Swampscott High School, and went on to earn her Associate Degree from the School of Practical Art on Newbury Street in Boston. After getting her degree, Barbara worked as a commercial artist for the shoe industry in Boston and Beverly.

 At a time when there were few women artists working in her field, Barbara started as one of a stable of artists in a Boston studio before eventually opening her own studio on Beacon Hill. Barbara worked in a freehand style, giving her shoe drawings a distinctive look that clients admired.

As the shoe industry began to wane, Barbara, a culinary enthusiast who idolized Julia Child, studied cooking under Dr. Peter Rachwall, a protégé of Madeleine Kamman, at the L’Ecole de Cuisine Moderne on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. She went on to cook professionally for a number of families on the North Shore. Barbara was also a breeder of Newfoundland dogs and successfully ran her kennel in Ipswich, Hearts Ease Farm, for many years with her husband, Eugene. She adored her Newfoundlands, always having at least one Newfie by her side up into her late 80s. After retirement Barbara continued to work as a homemaker, companion, cook, and driver for several older women in the community. She was also a devoted volunteer for Big Sister as well as a driver for The Red Cross. Barbara enjoyed planning meals and cooking for her family for special events (her family enjoyed it too). She loved jazz, classical, and the American Songbook, and listening to music was always part of life in her house. She was particularly fond of going antiquing and spent many weekends scouting Todd Farm and Salt Marsh Antiques in Rowley.

Barbara will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was married for twenty-seven years to the late Eugene L. Ames (divorced). Barbara was predeceased by her beloved son, Jeffrey E. Ames of Millville, New Jersey. She was a loving mother to Adam E. Ames and Andrew N. Ames of Ipswich, Lianne B. Ames and her partner Donna Cioffi of Dorchester. Sister to William F. Newhall II of Marblehead. Dear “Nanny” to Zackary Ames of Amesbury, and Victoria Ames of Salisbury. And Great Grand-Nanny to month-old Emilia Ames of Amesbury. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Devoted pet parent to Max, her Yorkshire terrier, and Henry, her cat. The family would also like to thank her caregiver of many years, Jackie Chudy. The family will schedule a remembrance at a later date. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in her name to SeniorCare, Inc. 49 Blackburn Center, Gloucester, MA 01930, seniorcareinc.org.

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