Barbara (Mahoney) Sumner

November 18, 1933 ~ March 14, 2022 (age 88)


Barbara Mahoney Sumner, age 88, beloved wife of 66 years to Kenneth Forsythe Sumner of Milford entered peaceful rest on March 14, 2022. She was born on November 18, 1933, in Philadelphia, PA and was the daughter of the late Bertram Wallace and Marion (Griffiths) Mahoney. She earned her B.S. Ed in Physical Education from Skidmore College. Barbara was an active Girl Scout for over 80 years and enjoyed spending her summers at their family home in the Adirondacks.

Barbara worked in many volunteer capacities, especially through Girl Scouts and the American Red Cross. She was instrumental in developing a Learn to Swim program for children of inner-city Bridgeport; she was an instructor of aquatics and first aid for over 40 years. She guided many young ladies through her Cadette and Senior Girl Scout troops where she introduced them to international travel, was a Gold Award advisor, participated in community suppers and modelled the joys of volunteering. Barbara earned numerous volunteer leadership awards including the Thanks Badges I and II.

During her “senior years” Barbara continued to be active. When she visited Atlanta she loved to volunteer at IHM Catholic School. She enjoyed creating cards for various occasions and scrapbooking. She also enjoyed going to local theater. A force behind the distribution of Girl Scout cookies to veterans and active U. S. military, at age 87 she still personally delivered cookies to Homes for the Brave.

In addition to her husband, she leaves her children, Barbara Osment and her husband Christopher of Atlanta, GA, Irene Alice Sumner of Milford and Stephen Sumner and his wife Erika of Centreville, VA and eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren and her brother William Mahoney and his wife Joan of Gansevoort, NY.

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (DIRECTLY) at Christ the Redeemer Church, 325 Oronoque Road, Milford. Internment will be private. Family and friends may call on Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the GREGORY F. DOYLE FUNERAL HOME, 291 BRIDGEPORT AVENUE, MILFORD. Masks will be requested while indoors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of Our Chalet at:


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