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Obituary: Lois E. Barrett, 85

Barrett was a Freehold Township resident who opened Maple Place Preschool in 1970.

Lois E. Barrett, 85, of Freehold Township died on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Wedgewood Gardens, Freehold Twp. Barrett, was born and raised in Caney, Kansas and had lived in New Rochelle, NY, Hazlet, and Howell before settling to Freehold Twp. in 2002. 

Barrett received her Bachelor’s degree from Newark Teachers College. Barrett, was the director and head teacher at Creative Campus Nursery School for eight years prior to opening up Maple Place Preschool in 1970.  She was the owner of Maple Place Preschool, Keyport for over thirty-years retiring in 1997. Barrett, was a past president and member of the NJ Association for the Education of Young Children.  She was an avid reader, enjoyed working in the yard tending to her garden, was an ardent walker, and took great pleasure in traveling, but her greatest love was her grandchildren.

Barrett, is survived by her son, Brian Barrett and his wife, Monica of Freehold Twp; a daughter, Melody Puma of Colts Neck; four grandchildren, Rose Barrett, Michael Lefthand, Katie Puma, and Alex Puma; her faithful canine companion, Liam; a brother, Claude Wilson of Cooperstown, New York, a sister, Delora Walker of Jackson, Mississippi; and many nieces and nephews.

Relative and friends are invited to attend her memorial service at the , on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 1 p.m.  Inurnment will be private.  For those who desire, memorial contributions in memory of Lois may be made to the Western Monmouth Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 62, Freehold, NJ 07728.  For information, directions or condolence messages to the family, visit www.claytonfuneralhome.com

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