Obituary: Chloe Nye Barrett
1932 – 2013
Chloe Leslie Nye Barrett first saw daylight on Nov. 7, 1932 in Los Angeles, California, and began her beautiful long life of nearly 81 years. Daughter of the late H. Safford Nye and Peggy Farmer Nye, she grew up happily with her three siblings: Roger, Marjorie, and Elizabeth in Southern California. She enjoyed her childhood years with family, cousins, and friends at home, Balboa Island and Newport Beach. A graduate of Alhambra High School, she went on to graduate from Stanford University in 1954 to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Geography. A year later she married her dedicated and loving husband James C. Barrett, Jr., and they began their 58 wonderful years of life together.
Chloe was a third generation Californian, and she and James (Jim) lived in both Southern and Northern California. They moved to South Lake Tahoe 18 years ago to enjoy their happy retirement years in the great Sierra. Chloe was a wonderful wife and “the best mom ever” with her examples of kindness and humanity. She always had a positive attitude and a gentle thoughtful way with others. As a talented homemaker she had a broad span of interests and skills; she taught her children to sail, knew how to resolve problems and how to patiently listen. She loved to read, research and record genealogy, do crossword puzzles, travel, quilt, play piano and listen to music. She loved birds, flowers, and the small hidden beauties of nature and in all things. She sat on the floor to play with grandchildren and went to great lengths to help her children during times of need. She cooked incredible meals, and loved sunshine, board games, family reunions and celebrations. She held a home together with love and devotion beyond all measure. She loved to laugh.
Chloe is survived by her husband, Jim, and she lives on through their five children: Lynne Barrett, Jill Barrett, Annie Barrett Cashner, James T. Barrett, and Donna Barrett Burke, along with their spouses/partners, Melanie, Rick, Sharee, and Bill. She will also be missed by ten beautiful grandchildren: Orion, Kelsi, Chloe, James, Peggy, Riley, Averi, Zoey, Kayla, and Dylan, as well as by her step-grandchildren: Chelsea, Shaw, and Daniel. Her loving family was her greatest life’s work and she knew her job was well done. She lived her life as an example to all by showing those around her how to live life to its fullest, to be kind to others, and to enjoy oneself along the way. Chloe will be dearly missed by family, siblings, cousins, and the many other family members and friends who forever love her.
Excerpt from “Death is Nothing At All”
by Henry Scott Holland
“ I have only slipped away to the next room…
I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.
All is well.”
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