Family are sad to announce that Barbara Kell of Mississauga, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta passed away at the Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga. She had recently been diagnosed with a type of lymphoma for which she had begun treatment.
Barbara grew up in Calgary and obtained her B Sc and B Ed degrees from the University of Calgary. For several years, she taught high school in Peace River, then Okotoks and Cochrane. It was during these latter teaching years that Barbara took computer programming courses at SAIT. With this new training, she obtained a job at Petro Canada in Calgary and also taught evening computer courses at SAIT. From there she began working for Oracle out of Mississauga where she remained until her retirement. For many years Barbara enjoyed hiking and was a member of the Rocky Mountain Ramblers and, in retirement, she liked to split her time between Mississauga and Calgary where she could hike in both Algonquin and the Rocky Mountain parks. She had recently taken up photography and enjoyed capturing images of birds.
Barbara was pre-deceased by her father Lancelot Kell (1914 – 1944) and her mother Grace (Coverley) Kell (1917 – 2015). She is survived by cousin Margaret Ballantyne, Margaret’s daughter and two granddaughters; and cousin David (June) Ballantyne and their three sons. More distant cousins and many friends also mourn her loss.
The family thanks Barbara’s long-time friends Virginia and Ted in Mississauga and Kay in Calgary for their support and assistance during the past several days.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Donations of remembrance may be made to The Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Calgary Zoological Society.