Carolyn C. Barrett, nee Coffield

Deceased: November 9, 2014

Service Information:

Reception for friends: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 4-6pm at the Chicago Yacht Club, 400 East Monroe, Chicago
Interment: Private service at the family plot - All Saints Cemetery


Carolyn C. Barrett, nee Coffield and known to her friends as Coff/, 88, died November 9, 2014. Survived by Peter, her husband of 58 years, daughter Mary, sister Kitty Courtney (Peter) of Hobart Tasmania and brother James L. Coffield III, as well as many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers Peter T. the actor in 1983 and attorney Michael W. in 2007.

Born in Dayton, Ohio and grew up in Wilmette, attending New Trier High School and Endicott College. When not active in the Junior League or skiing worked at several department stores, primarily Marshall Field’s 28 Shop and as a supervisor at RR Donnelley. After 2 years away with her Army drafted husband returned to the Old Town Triangle and Mid-North Association area. Active in neighborhood affairs and politics with the Republican Women Volunteers and the Nixon recount. She was a reporter for the Chicago American at the 1964 Republican Convention in San Francisco and ran a storefront office on Armitage Ave. for several elections especially the Ogilvie Campaign. Later served as Administrative Assistant to Illinois Representative Elroy Sandquist.

Probably best known as the Old Town Art Fair Chairman in 1963 when Alderman Paddy Bauler tried to impose onerous restrictions on the Art Fair and was emphatically rebuffed following a meeting in Mayor Richard J. Daley’s office.

Was President of The Mid-North Association and later newsletter editor for 17 years. Served for many years as an officer of the Lincoln Park Conservation Association and also as a Latin School Trustee.

Carolyn died of heart failure after several years of declining health.

A reception for friends will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 4-6pm at the Chicago Yacht Club, 400 East Monroe Chicago, Illinois 60603 following a private service at the family plot at All Saints Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Northwestern Memorial Hospital 251 E. Huron Chicago, IL 60611