Milicent Barrett Throop, 88, Westport

Strong, independent woman with a big heart and a mischievous sense of humor

Posted 1/14/22

Take a traveler, sailor, singer, birder, gardener, florist, cook, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend - toss it with a zest for life, and you have the essence of Milicent (Barri) …

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Milicent Barrett Throop, 88, Westport

Strong, independent woman with a big heart and a mischievous sense of humor

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Take a traveler, sailor, singer, birder, gardener, florist, cook, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend - toss it with a zest for life, and you have the essence of Milicent (Barri) Throop.

Milicent Barrett Throop, born December 8, 1933, of Westport, MA passed away on December 24, 2021.

She was the daughter of the late Milicent E. Tuckerman of Westport, MA and James P. Whittall of Grafton, MA.

She was born in Grafton, MA, and attended Garrison Forest School in Pikesville, MD; The Mary C. Wheeler School in Providence, RI; and Bradford Jr. College in Haverhill, MA.

Barri had made homes in Huntington, NY, Mahwah, NJ, Charlotte, NC, as well as Long Valley and Bernardsville, NJ before finally settling in Westport, MA.

She was a stewardess for Northeastern Airlines, where she met her first husband, pilot Robert Leo Therrien. Then owner of the Moby Dick Wharf Restaurant (now The Back Eddy) in the mid 70’s. After this, she pursued her love for gardening and horticulture with help from her lifelong friends Joe and Sally Keith at Horseneck Nurseries in Westport. Her horticulture career grew to include roles as manager at Barnyard Gardens in North Dartmouth, and Retail Division Manager at G. Bourne Knowles Garden Center in Fairhaven. She also worked as a florist at Lee’s Supermarket in Westport, and taught classes in floral arranging and herbs. Finally, she became well known as ‘The Jam Lady’ at The Westport Farmer’s Market with her unique jams and jellies. She also made artistic and memorable wreaths and dried arrangements.

Barri was an adventurer and didn’t hesitate when asked to be crew on the sailboat Adagio with Montgomery Throop, who would become her second husband.

Barri dedicated many hours to her other interests, including the New England Unit of The Herb Society of America, The Westport River Gardeners, The Garden Club of Buzzards Bay, The Sippican Choral Society, The Westport Beach Committee, Mass Audubon, Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, and The Paskamaskett Bird Club.

She traveled the world to satisfy her love and curiosity about birds and different cultures.

Barri is survived by her daughters: Laura Therrien of Tucker, GA, Deborah Therrien of Brockton, MA, and Andrea Arnold (Therrien) of Fairhaven, MA, along with grandchildren Loretta and Leila Kartforosh of GA, Jahath, Shadrach and Seth Harriott of Brockton, MA, and Devon and Reece Arnold of Fairhaven, MA. She is also survived by sisters Jane Tuckerman of Ocala, FL, and Susan Tuckerman of West Chester, PA.  She is pre-deceased by siblings James P. Whittall of Rowley, MA, Arthur Whittall of Austin, TX, and Edgeworth Ginns of Ashfield, MA.

She is survived by her step-sons Montgomery Throop, Jr. and Chris Throop of FL. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and countless friends including close friends Lyn Keith and Cleo Fortier.

The world will miss this strong, independent woman with a big heart and a mischievous sense of humor.

A Celebration of Barri’s Life will be held when the flowers bloom and the birds are in full song in the late spring.

Please consider a donation in Barri’s name to Peace for Ponies in East Wareham, MA, or The Mass Audubon at Allen’s Pond in Dartmouth, MA, organizations that Barri cherished.

To sign online guestbook, please visit www.potterfuneralservice.com.

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