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Barbara Ketchen

Barbara Anne Ketchen (Bell)

Thursday, July 11th, 1929 - Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
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KETCHEN, Barbara Anne (BELL) – Died peacefully in her sleep in her apartment in Cambridge, Ontario, on September 1, 2020, in her 92nd year. She trained as a registered nurse at Toronto General Hospital and practised for most of four decades. She was predeceased by Douglas, her husband of 61 years, and is survived by her sons David (Joan) of Lakeland, Tennessee, and Robert of Toronto. She will be dearly missed by brother Ted Bell (Loey, predeceased) of Pompey, New York; sister Jane Scea (Wally) of Owen Sound, Ontario; and many friends and relatives. She was predeceased by sister, Mary McLaughlin (Ted, predeceased); and by granddaughter Stephanie Calvert, of Memphis, Tennessee. Her final months were greatly eased by the loving care and attention of her neighbours Christine, Terry and Don Macfarlane. The time and place of a memorial service is to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice. A lifelong dog lover, avid knitter and crossword enthusiast, her sense of humour and gentle disposition will be greatly missed by all.
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Christine Macfarlane

Posted at 11:57am
Barbara was such a positive and loving soul. Her smiles always greeted you, the same way until almost the end. Barbara moved into 100 Eagle St, Preston, 1 month before my parents Don and Terry. My Dad would always urge her to come meet my Mom. After numerous attempts, my Dad took Barbara by the arm to meet my Mom. After that Barbara and my Mom were inseparable. We all soon met (my siblings and I and families) Barbara. Barbara became an integral part of our Family. Each holiday, birthday and Sunday dinner, Barbara knew she was expected at our table. She loved those times as much as we loved sharing them with her.

It was a honour and a blessing for me , (especially the last 2 years) to help Barbara stay in her home. Our early morning chats were always my favourite. Always said to me....”Strong like bull. Smart like Streetcar”. Still don’t know what that meant.
Rest In Peace Barbara. You have left a huge whole in our hearts. We love you❤️❤️


robert elliott

Posted at 01:04pm
I have known the Ketchen family for well over 50 years having grown up at Wagners Lake...Bob Ketchen and myself became fast friends and have remained so for all these years...
The memories of summers spent at each others cottages are terrific...
One time Bob`s Mom asked if i wanted to stay for lunch and what young kid would say no...Barbara made the most delicious sandwich I had ever eaten...She could cook and bake so well...
One fond memory was one time Bob`s dad was working under the hood of his beloved TR6 and Bob`s Dad was a very tall man...for whatever reason I said to Bob oh look, there`s tubby in the engine (meaning trouble in the engine) well Bob`s Dad gave me the devil but I can still here Barbara laughing her head off...Rest in Peace Barbara
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