Barbara Curiale Dougherty
Barbara Curiale Dougherty
  • March 23, 1956 - June 24, 2017
  • Clemmons, North Carolina

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Barbara Dougherty (Barbara Harriott Curiale) passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Clemmons, North Carolina, at the age of 61. Barbara is survived by her three children, Christopher Robert Dougherty (Marianna) of Tuxedo, NY; Kimberly Elise Dougherty, of Clemmons, NC; and Tracy Marie Dougherty, of Atlanta. She is also survived by her brother, Mark Louis Curiale, of Albany, NY; Aunt Nina Curiale Bonomo, of Kent, CT; and many cousins across the country. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Peter Dougherty, of Clemmons, NC. Barbara was born on March 23, 1956, in Dobbs Ferry, NY, to Margaret Harriott Curiale and Thomas William Curiale. She graduated from Dumont (NJ) High School in 1974, and attended Montclair (NJ) State College. A devoted mother, she dedicated her time to raising her children. In 1996, she and her husband moved their family from northern New Jersey to Clemmons, NC, where John was employed as an electrical engineer. As the children grew, she and John encouraged them to pursue their goals. In 2002, Chris married Marianna and established roots in New York. Tragically, John passed away during a medical procedure in 2005. Tracy moved to Atlanta in 2015 to pursue her business career, while Kim remained at home to help care for her mom while working full time. In 1997, Barbara was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which gradually but inexorably narrowed her physical activities. Over the past several years, her limited mobility did not impede her from maintaining a wide circle of friends locally and in New Jersey. One constant in Barbara's life was a love of language and words; this, coupled with an extraordinary memory, made her a formidable Scrabble player. She roundly humbled many opponents. She had a wicked sense of humor, and loved animals. Barbara's MS, a horrific and debilitating disease, was a major contributor to her unexpected death. So that others could benefit from her experience, Barbara long ago made the courageous and selfless decision to donate her body to science. Accordingly, since her remains had to be speedily transported to the research facility, there is no opportunity for a traditional wake, nor a funeral service. It is the wish of her children that memorial services be held for Barbara at a later date. Barbara has many friends here in Clemmons and from her former homes in New Jersey. It is the family's intent to hold memorial services in these two places, so that those who wish can join together to share memories of this courageous woman. To honor Barbara's memory, Chris, Kim, and Tracy suggest that donations be made in Barbara's name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, at Online condolences may be made at