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Katharine Snowden Getzen Barry

Katharine Snowden Getzen Barry of Newberry, FL died peacefully in her sleep at her home early on
December 11, 2020. She was born on October 17, 1921 – the sixth daughter (including Mary, Sarah,
Lydia, Annette, and Julia) and one son (Sam) born to Newberry’s then town doctor, Samuel Pace
Getzen, M.D. and his wife Mary Broughton Miller Getzen. The family prospered during Florida’s roaring
20s, and then suffered along with the entire country during the Great Depression of the 1930s selling
property they owned for $1 an acre, wearing hand-me-downs, living on local farm produce traded for
medical services, and feeding homeless people who came regularly to their doorstep.
Graduating from Newberry High School, Katharine attended Stetson University, and completed a
Bachelor’s Degree in Music from FSU (then Florida State College for Women). After graduation, she
moved to Jacksonville with sisters Annette and Julia and taught school – singing and playing the piano
in her spare time for WWII soldiers stationed at Jacksonville’s Naval Air Station. When her father died
suddenly, she moved back to Newberry to take care of her mother, and ran into a childhood friend,
Robert J. “Bobby” Barry, back from WWII and attending the University of Florida. The two fell in love
and married in a double wedding ceremony on June 1, 1947, along with Katharine’s sister Julia and her
fiancé Bruce Yongue, at the First Baptist Church of Newberry, in matching dresses made by their
mother.
Katharine and Bobby had two daughters, Katharine (Kathy) and Julianne, in the early 1950s, and resided
in Katharine’s childhood home in Newberry until building a new house in 1968 on their farm in the
Jonesville area. Katharine taught 4th grade at Newberry Elementary School for 20 years, earning her
Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Florida during that time. Bobby, an
active farmer/rancher, died in February 2000, at age 78.
During her lifetime, Katharine was very involved in her community – playing the piano and organ at the
First Baptist Church of Newberry for decades (following in her mother’s footsteps); giving music
lessons; playing for countless weddings, funerals, and the Newberry Watermelon Festival Beauty
Pageant; volunteering to work at high school football games, school carnivals, and innumerable church
activities. In addition to filling her house with the music of her baby grand piano and beautiful voice,
she was an excellent seamstress, cook, a creative and loving mother to her girls, and devoted wife to
Bob. She and Bob loved camping, hiking, and picnics and outings with family and friends. On her 70th
birthday, she hiked 7 miles in the Smoky mountains of North Carolina with Kathy and her family.
A beautiful woman inside and out, Katharine is survived by her younger daughter Julianne Barry
Browning and her husband Wayne Browning (of Newberry), who was a faithful, loving, and hands-on
caregiver for Katharine in her declining years. She is also survived by her daughter Katharine (Kathy)
Barry and loving son-in-law Harris Solomon (of Ft. Lauderdale), their son Barry Nicholas Solomon, his
wife Ashley, and their two children Ruby Rose and Samuel Fox (also of Fort Lauderdale).
For the past several years, Katharine required 24/7 care in her home, and the family will always be
grateful for the gentle, thoughtful and tender caregiving provided for her by Jennifer Wilson, Barbara
Tanck, Donna Metz, Sherry Gamble and Maureen Warner.
Because of the Covid virus, the funeral service will be private and limited to immediate family.
Katharine will be interred at the Newberry Cemetery beside her beloved Bobby, and her remains will
rest there among generations of family and friends. A woman of faith, her soul is already with God.
In lieu of flowers, do a kindness for someone and think of Katharine when you do it.
Arrangements have been made through Milam Funeral & Cremation Services in Newberry: 352-376-
5361; www.milamfh.com

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In consideration of COVID-19, as well as the families we are serving, we would like for those of you whose immune systems are compromised please stay home and send the family a condolence card. We may also be forced to postpone services if this continues or worsens. Our profession as funeral directors is not only focused on serving families, but also protecting the families and the community at-large. Thank you and please take care!