Barbara Mead

Obituary of Barbara K. Mead

       Barbara K. Mead, 74, of the Town of Florida, NY, passed away Wednesday January 6, 2021 following a long courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease.

      Born in Jenkintown, PA, on March 29, 1946,  a daughter of the late William E. and Kathryn McGlaughlin Butt.  She attended Schoharie Schools and was a graduate of SUNY Cobleskill where she met her future husband Ron.

      Barbara worked for the Sears and Roebuck Co. for a short while before joining her soulmate in a partnership at Floridale Farm, in the town of Florida, NY.  Barbara took great pride in keeping the farm grounds looking beautiful with her love for gardening and being outdoors.  Barbara will always be remembered for her exceptional baking skills and by everyone who had a cake from  "Cakes for All Occasions" by Barbara. 

     She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the local 4H where she taught sewing and baking, the NY Farm Bureau, the Minaville Reformed Church, and several other organizations she served alongside her husband Ron. 

      In her later years Barbara enjoyed traveling the East Coast with Ron and several of their friends in the  RV until purchasing their dream vacation home in Surfside Beach, SC.  Many memories were made in their home on the beach with her dear family and friends.

      Barbara was gentle, caring, loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and she was adored by all and will be deeply missed by all who knew her, especially her recent care givers who went above and beyond to help care for her in a time of need.  .  The family cannot thank you all enough for the love and support you have given. 

    She married Ronald J. Mead on April 21, 1968.   He passed away on June 14, 2014. 

        Survivors include two cherished sons, Brian (Laurie) Mead of Amsterdam, Eric (Sandy) Mead of Amsterdam.  Loving grandchildren, Emily, Cole, Madison, Kylee and Katie Mead.    One brother, Thomas (Maryann) Butt of Scotia, NY and sister, Diana (Robert) Gillig of Delaware.  Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.   

        Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Betz, Rossi and Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave, Amsterdam, NY.   Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Amsterdam.  Memorial contributions may be made in Barbara's memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York Chapter, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205 or to the Ronald J. Mead Scholarship Fund, 322 Snooks Corners Rd., Amsterdam, NY 12010.  Please leave condolences online at


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