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Barbara Hall Fiske Calhoun (Isabelle Calhoun) dies on April 28, 2014, in Hartford (WRJ) VT.




Barbara died in the Brookside Nursing Home in White River Junction, VT. on Monday, April 28, 2014. She was 94, and was the guiding light and co-creator of Quarry Hill, VT’s oldest extant alternative community or “commune.”  For many years she and Irving Fiske welcomed free-spirited and artistic people to their 140 acres in the mountains of Vermont.  “They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,” she sometimes quoted from the Bible. She also said, “Art is Prayer.” Barbara was a Quaker and a gathering to celebrate her  life, perhaps in September, is planned with the Middlebury Friends Meeting in Middlebury VT. Her ashes will be scattered at Quarry Hill, with those of her 2nd husband, Dr. Donald Calhoun, who predeceased her in 2009. She is survived by her daughter, Isabella Fiske McFarlin (Ladybelle), son in law Brion McFarlin, grandchildren Joya Lonsdale and her husband Brem Hyde, Eva Isabel Us, Jason Us, Andrew D. F. McFarlin, and two great-grandsons, Isaiah Simon and Amir Malik.  Don Calhoun predeceased her in 2009 and William Fiske, her son, in 2008.