Mary Anne Barney

Born: Mon., Feb. 6, 1950
Died: Tue., Aug. 10, 2021

Memorial Service

12:00 PM Sat., Aug. 21, 2021
Location: Patapsco United Methodist Church

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     On August 10, 2021, Mary Anne Barney, of Dundalk, MD, went to be with the Lord. She is survived by her beloved partner, Brian Clatterbach, her mother, sister, brothers, as well as nieces, nephews and friends. A Memorial Service was celebrated on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 12 p.m. at the Patapsco United Methodist Church. Mary Anne had a love for animals and listening to music. She enjoyed going to the casinos, going shopping, especially yard sales and flea markets. She also enjoyed playing cards and going to bingo. She had a love for life. She is very much loved by her family and friends, and she will be truly missed.

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Roland Hadel
   Posted Fri August 27, 2021
How is it that the simple things are what we remember as the most beautiful things?

I listened to our cousin Lynn as she spoke her eulogy for Mary Anne and I was deeply struck by the profound simplicity of remembrance and love she showed, through her tears, for Mary Anne. Nothing else on Earth mattered then. You could use BFF to describe their relationship through the years but you would have to use 300 ft. tall capital letters for BFF.

I just want to share a couple of simple, beautiful things regarding my sister, Mary Anne.
One of my best memories is from the early 1960’s as Mary Anne would gather her three younger siblings (which included me) each Saturday and watch SKY KING on the black-and-white television. Before the show started Mary Anne always began by popping a fresh huge ball of aluminum foil from the stove-top pan called Jiffy Pop popcorn. What simplicity that was – and heaven on earth!

As Lynn spoke of in her eulogy, Mary Anne loved music and through those early years I also remember what a fantastic singer she was. Mary Anne sang very, very well and sang with perfect pitch. It is not an exaggeration to say that many days Mary Anne would start the day singing and continue singing all day until the she went to bed. Even then, she would go to sleep with her stereo record-player spindle loaded with records playing. Trini Lopez, Elvis Presley, Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66, Roy Orbison, Everly Brothers, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Gene Pitney, on and on and on – it didn’t matter, Mary Anne sang them all! As I said before – simplicity and heaven on earth!

I also remember some movies that Mary Anne and I went to see together, the Little Richard movie, the James Brown movie, the Four Seasons movie and most recently, the Elton John movie.

I guess you are not smart unless you are ‘smart in the heart’. If you understand that you will know why Mary Anne is one of the most intelligent people I have known.

By the way, a heart-felt thank you to Lynn for adopting Mary Anne’s baby – Truman!



   Posted Sat August 28, 2021
Mary Anne was such a beautiful and unique person. As her cousin who grew up with her, she was fun loving and adventurous. Had so many good times as kids going to Saturday matinees, going to the mom and pop stores and filling up our bags with penny candy, visiting our Aunt Laura's house, playing games outside, and spending quality time with our grandparents. As teenagers we would get on the Greyhound bus and visit each other wherever we lived. Even as we grew older, we stayed in touch and visited whenever we could. She loved to travel and go on cruises. She and I both shared a love of reading and music. Words cannot express how much I will miss our phone calls and seeing each other. I promise I will make a good home for Truman. I love you Mary Anne!

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