Elizabeth Barry Woolson of Media, PA, passed away on October 6, 2023, at age 86. A longtime resident of Springfield, PA, Barry was born and raised in Philadelphia. She attended Little Flower High School for Girls and Chestnut Hill College, where she majored in English. She taught high school and later worked for over 20 years in the Swarthmore College Library.
Barry spent many happy summers with her aunts, Averil, Mary, Anne and Helen Dolaway, in Ocean City, NJ, working in their women's dress shops on Asbury Avenue and the Boardwalk. It was in Ocean City that she met Don, whom she married in 1960. A few years later they built their family home in Springfield, where they lived and raised a family for over 50 years.
Barry enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, who called her "RaRa." She was a fan of watching sports especially her favorite Philadelphia teams, the Phillies and the Eagles. She also loved being in Ocean City, traveling, reading and cooking for her family. She was especially known for making delicious lasagna, deviled eggs, and at Thanksgiving, her amazing creamed onions. Barry knitted unique Christmas stockings for every family member, including her three children and their spouses, six grandchildren and even Lexi the labradoodle.
Barry is preceded in death by her parents, Vincent and Camille Dolaway. She is survived by her husband, Donald F. Woolson, three children, Mary (Patrick) Cronin of Wallingford, PA, Kevin (Amy) Woolson of Mason, OH, and Libby (Steve) Salvucci of Glen Mills, PA; and six grandchildren, Jon and Cate Cronin, Charlie (Sydney) and Molly Woolson, and Dan and Anna Salvucci.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, October 14 from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Kevin's Catholic Church, 200 West Sproul Road in Springfield, PA, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Internment is private. Donations in her memory may be made to Father Chuck's Challenge, founded by Father Chuck Pffefer to help those in need in Haiti and Honduras: Donate (fatherchuckschallenge.com) or to Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia: Donate - Catholic Social Services (cssphiladelphia.org) Online condolences may be made by visiting www.paganofuneralhome.com.