BARRINGTON - JoAnn Gay Huber, of Barrington, New Hampshire, born March 7, 1951, on Monday, January 13, 2020 of cancer, after being surrounded by family and friends at home the last seven weeks of her life.
JoAnn is predeceased by her parents, Donald Gay Huber and Barbara Rose Macheski and her wonderful sister, Linda Gibowicz. JoAnn is survived by her sister, Barbara Pritchard, of Guilford, Vt.; step-mother, Rita Huber of Northfield, Mass.; and half siblings Anita Tavali and Donald Huber of Northfield, Mass., David Huber of Athol, Mass., and Heidi Huber of Hinsdale, Joann is also survived by her life partner, Timothy Cunningham of Barrington; daughter Taylor Cunningham of Dover, N.H., daughter Cady McKee of Oak Creek, Colo.; and her beloved grandson, Callan McKee of Oak Creek, Colo. JoAnn is also survived by numerous cousins, nephews and nieces, aunts and uncles, as well as brothers-in-laws, and spouses of Taylor and Cady.
JoAnn was born in Brattleboro, Vt. and raised in Northfield, Mass. Childhood friends of JoAnn, from the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, described JoAnn as a beautiful shining star, whose kindness and openness have been carried by them long after their childhood years together. JoAnn's laugh and smile were truly contagious as she brightened life for all those around her.
JoAnn resided in Barrington for more than 35 years, in the home she designed and took part in the construction. JoAnn was always inquisitive, always learning and educating herself. JoAnn received her college degree in social work, and spent a number of years working with children at the Brattleboro Retreat, and other Social Service agencies. For the last 40-plus years, JoAnn had a House Cleaning business where she excelled in caring for the upkeep of the homes she serviced. In addition to her home in Barrington, and her love of her childhood in Northfield, Joann had a special place in her heart for Basalt, Colo., where she spent a few winters, and Truro, Mass., where she spent numerous summers.
JoAnn possessed a lifelong devotion to her family and friends, truly loved life and found great joy in the creation of her beautiful home in Barrington, which contained many mementos of her travels and antique shopping. JoAnn was among the small group of individuals who in today's world, possessed a great many useful skills, common sense and extremely strong work ethic. Throughout her life she quietly enjoyed the sense of accomplishment and self-reliance these attributes afforded her. Among her many talents, JoAnn was an exceptional cook, gardener and decorator. All who knew JoAnn were blessed by her bright attitude and caring spirit. No act of kindness went undone if JoAnn was around to complete it. Her unassuming nature was just a quiet disguise for her fierce determination to take care of those in need and share her gift of friendship. Her joyful laugh and bright smile will be greatly missed by her family and close friends.