Barbara J. Maloney, formerly of John Hoft Road in Vineyard Haven, died on Jan. 12. She was 72.

She was born on August 26, 1950 in Hanover, N.H. in the hospital where her father started his medical practice. She grew up in Bedford, N.Y. and attended the University of Denver and Lesley College.

Barbara traveled extensively after college and lived in Sun Valley, Idaho before moving to the Vineyard in 1972. She was creative and athletic and enjoyed photography skiing, hiking and especially swimming. She was happiest in the ocean.

She will be dearly missed by her siblings: her brother William Maloney of Simsbury, Conn. and sister Kathryn Maloney Ross of York Harbor, Me. She was a devoted aunt to her three nieces and great-nieces and great-nephew.

She was predeceased by her parents Dr William and Marianne Maloney of York Harbor, Me. and her brother Andrew Maloney of Ketchum, Ida.