Nutritionist, witty champion of the needy, dies at 64
Amy Barr, a 19-year resident of Carbondale and recently appointed Executive Director of LIFT- UP, the Food Bank of the Rockies, succumbed to metastatic cancer at her home on March 22.
Known throughout the Aspen Valley for her sparkling wit, infectious laugh, generosity and trove of stories, Amy was an indefatigable champion of those in need. Prior to leading LIFT-UP, she worked for United Way Battlement to the Bells and the Salvation Army, Glenwood Springs, and was a tireless fund-raiser and board member serving many nonprofit organizations. Another “first” for Amy was becoming the first woman vice-president at Horizon Organic Dairy, 1996- 2000. She devoted her wealth of food and nutrition experience, communications expertise, community activism and heartfelt passion to serving others.
An avid art collector, Amy displayed the sculptures, paintings and crafts of many Colorado artists among her family’s antiques in her home. Lively stories accompanied each piece. She was a voracious reader, cat lover and “foodie.” Amy nurtured her family and farm roots in Mission Creek, Nebraska, with regular visits. Her family were founding pioneers of their community, a heritage she cherished.
Amy completed her Bachelor’s degree with distinction at the University of Nebraska, followed by a Master’s degree in Education from Tufts University and in Nutrition Communications from Boston University. She left Boston to apply her nutrition and communication skills at the Food Marketing Institute in Washington, D.C. and later as director of the Good Housekeeping Institute in New York. She met her husband Jay, formerly an engineer at IBM, rock climbing in Connecticut. They married in 1987. When they moved to Boulder, Amy co-founded the public relations and marketing company, MarrBarr Communications, with Liz Marr of Longmont. The company was dissolved when she and her husband moved to Carbondale.
Amy is survived by her husband Jay Cronk, mother Myna Lee Barr, sister Marg Sutter, and three brothers, Skip Barr, John Barr and General Jim Barr, a plethora of nieces and nephews and cherished cat, Esmeralda (Ezzie). Remembrances in Amy’s honor may be sent to LIFT-UP, Rifle, Colorado.
Editor’s note: The Two Rivers Unitarian Universalists will hold a celebration of Amy Barr’s life at 10 a.m. April 7 at the Third Street Center.