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Elizabeth Dwaihy-Barr

Died: Monday, December 16, 2013
Elizabeth Dwaihy-Barr passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. She was born March 29, 1944, in Detroit, to Dr. Paul and Rachel Dwaihy. An accomplished dancer, writer and teacher, she began teaching ballet at 16, produced lavish yearly recitals in Detroit and Grosse Pointe, devel- oped a program of exercises designed to prepare women for childbirth, and performed with Dance Nonce.

Ms. Dwaihy-Barr earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Detroit and began a journalism career reporting on numerous topics from education to crime, for The Macomb Daily and Utica Daily Sentinel. Midlife, she dedicated herself to teaching English as a second language, often serving as an advocate for her students. She collaborated with her husband, David Barr, on art and book projects. Together, they traveled the world to install his sculptures, often blessed by a ceremony choreographed and danced by Ms. Dwaihy-Barr. Her love of Italian language and culture grew from their regular trips to Tuscany.

A master knitter, she designed and handcrafted garments for family and friends, including baptismal outfits, which became family heirlooms. Her family said her generous spirit will live on in all who knew and were inspired by her. Ms. Dwaihy-Barr is survived by her husband, David, his daughters, Heather Adamczyk (Mark) and Gillian Copeland (Charles) and five grandchildren; her mother, Rachel Dwaihy; her siblings, Paula Edgar (James), Anne Abowd (Dr. Thomas), Margaret Pryor, John (Karen), Norman (Madeleine), Rachelle (Steven Morris), Marian (Thomas Briske), Jane (Ronald Omilian), and George (Carolin); and 42 unique nieces and nephews. The family is forever grateful to niece, Dr. Renee Dwaihy-Logan, who oversaw Ms. Dwaihy-Barr’s care throughout her long illness.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at St. Maron Church, 11466 Kercheval Ave., Detroit. A condolence hour begins at 10 a.m. at the church. The family requests no floral arrangements be sent.
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