This Obit of March 2002 was found at the website for the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, New Jersey, US. The city of Orange mentioned in the Obit is in northern NJ.
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Family, friends and dignataries gather to pay memorial tribute to Carolyn Marie Plaskett Barrow at Epiphany
About 150 family members, friends and dignitaries gathered Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. at Church of the Epiphany, Orange, to pay tribute to the late Carolyn Plaskett Barrow. The former first lady of Barbados, West Indies, was also the only child of the late Rev. Dr. George Plaskett, founder of the church.
Present at the ceremony were Mrs. Barrow's son, David, of Columbus, Georgia, along with June Clarke, ambassador of Barbados to the United Nations. Mrs. Barrow's daughter, Lesley, of Barbados, was unable to attend the ceremony.
Mrs. Barrow died in Barbados of natural causes at the age of 84 on Nov. 11, 2001. She was the widow of the first prime minister of Barbados, the Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow, who led Barbados into independence Nov. 30, 1966.
The Rev. Canon Gervais Clarke, O.D., Ph.D., officiated during the memorial service. Complete with three hymns and a solo performed by Lauren Harris, Ph.D., the program was rich with musical and religious flavor. David Barrow welcomed the community and introduced tribute speakers, including June Clarke, Jessie Wilkerson, Eldridge Smith, Jerome Bartow, Lois Simmons, Barbara Lewis and Dorothy Davis.
Four proclamations were presented during the ceremony to David Barrow: from U.S. Congressman Donald Payne, from New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey, from New Jersey State Senator Nia Gill, and from Orange Mayor Mims Hackett Jr.
The Rev. Canon Clarke presented David Barrow with a special citation that had been given to Father Plaskett during his time as a priest at Epiphany. At the conclusion of the service, the Rt. Rev. Rufus T. Broome, G.C.M., D.D., of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, gave the benediction.
Born Jan. 31, 1917 and raised in Orange, Carolyn Marie Plaskett was the daughter of the late Rev. Dr. George M. Plaskett, who was originally from Frederiksted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands, and Mrs. Carrie Davenport Plaskett of Orange. Both parents were instrumental in the development of Epiphany, Orange, as the first Episcopal church for African-Americans in the Oranges.
Epiphany was originally established as a mission in 1905 as a result of increasing pressure from the African Americans of the Oranges for an Episcopal Church of their own. Father Plaskett became its first head in December 1907 while he was a student in the General Theological Seminary. He was ordained a priest in 1909 and became a pioneer in founding Episcopal missions for African Americans in surrounding cities: Montclair (Trinity Church, 1916), Paterson (St. Aidan's Church, 1918), Hackensack (St. Cyprians), Passaic (St. Andrews') and East Orange (Chapel of the Ascension, 1922). Father Plaskett remained the pastor of Church of the Epiphany until he retired in 1957.
Growing up in the Church of the Epiphany, Mrs. Barrow attended and was graduated from Orange High School in 1934. During her childhood, she was a member of the YWCA in Orange. She went on to major in fine arts and was one of the first African-Americans to graduate from Oberlin College in Ohio and studied art through the New York School of Fine and Applied Art in Paris, France and Denmark.
Mrs. Barrow was once a census taker in Newark's Central Ward. She worked as an illustrator in the pre-press publication Art Section in the Ordinance Department of the U. S. government.
As Barbados' first lady, she entertained persons from all walks of life from around the world at Culloden Farm, the first official residence of the Prime Minister. Among them were Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Marietta Tree, Frank Sinatra, Senator Jacob Javits, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young, the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, former Mayor of New York John Lindsay, Claudette Colbert, W. Averell and Pamela Harriman.
Yet she kept in touch and involved with her family and friends in the United States. When Prime Minister Errol Barrow conducted his first state visit to the United States to the White House of then- President Lyndon Johnson in 1966, Mrs. Barrow made sure that her friends from around the country were invited to the state dinner. By doing so, she subtly helped solidify the relationship between the United States and Barbados at its infancy.
An official funeral was held Nov. 23, 2001 at St. Mary's Anglican Church in Bridgetown. Governor- General Sir Clifford Husbands, Prime Minister Owen Arthur, opposition leader David Thompson, former Prime Minister Sir Lloyd Sandiford, cabinet ministers and other members of Parliament were among those who paid their respects. The service was nationally broadcast. Her body was laid to rest on the serene, shaded grounds of the church where she was a staunch parishioner for more than 50 years.
Mrs. Barrow is survived by her daughter, Lesley Barrow of Barbados, and son, David Barrow of Columbus, Georgia; her grandchildren Nadia, Astrid, Jared and Alys Barrow and daughter-in-law Dr. Grace Chin Yut, all of the USA; sisters-in-law Sybil Barrow and Ena Comma; and brother-in-law Reginald Barrow, Jr. of Oregon; cousins Robert Davenport III of California; Michele Allen, Mark Allen and Michael Allen of East Orange; Martin Allen of Maryland; Joseph Plaskett of New York City, Imogene Nolan of Cleveland, Ohio and Josephine Royer of St. Croix, Virgin Island, and scores of friends worldwide. She was also the sister-in-law of the late governor general of Barbados, Dame Ruth Nita Barrow, and the late Graham Barrow and niece of the late Jessie Davenport, Robert Davenport and Lawrence Davenport of New Jersey.