Barbara, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away at home on November 14, 2015. Barbara was born on June 6th, 1937 in Lorain Ohio to Wilbur and Mary Kelling. She graduated from Lorain High School in 1955. In March of 1958 she graduated from the American Airlines Training Center DFW after which she was a Flight Attendant until 1960. She met Ted, the love of her life, in Dallas Texas; and they were married in November 1962, in Lorain Ohio. They moved to San Diego, CA where she was a Navy wife for two tours while working at Ryan Aeronautics. She began a new career after the Navy alongside Ted establishing family import and manufacturing companies, which took her to the Far East and around the world. It was in San Diego that they reared there only child Jeff; before moving to Scottsdale AZ in 2010.
Barbara was active in the Kiwi Club (an American Airlines Stewardess' Charity Group) where she was the National President from 1980 to 1982. She loved reading and doing crossword puzz ...
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I was fortunate to play golf with Barbara with the Fairway Swingers at Desert Mountain. Always a smile, and such a great swing! She will be missed! ~Patricia Raysich
What a lovely, positive person. And that is what we needed in the Fairway Swingers. Had such a good time playing with Barb over the years. I always hoped I would be in her group. I am very sad that we cannot come to the Memorial Wednesday. Jack fell while walking outside recently --- nothing is broken but he can't bear weight on a bruised hip and is in a wheel chair. With our loving wishes to the family for acceptance and gratitude for having Barbara as wife, mother, grandmother. ~Lela and Jack Bogardus
Barbara was one of those people who always found the bright side and her smile would light up a room. I have fond memories of many golf games when I wasn't playing that well, but she would not let me give up. She was always the one we thought of when we needed one more to make our foursome for our annual Biltmore tournament. Joe and I feel fortunate to have spent time with her and Ted celebrating holidays, vacations, and their life milestones. Barbara was a very special friend and will be truly missed. -- Fran and Joe Burick ~Joe and Fran Burick
We will always remember Barbara for her brilliant blue eyes and her infectious laugh which always made us laugh along. We will always treasure her friendship. Barbara was a one of a kind and a treasured friend to all of us who knew her. Mary and Dan McSweeney ~Mary McSweeney
"Afterglow" (for my dear friend Barbara) I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one, I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the way, Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I'd like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun, Of happy memories that I have when now my if is done. ~Louise Marino
Barbara was such a kind and caring lady and had a smile that lit up a room. I was fortunate to work with her a few years while on the National Kiwi Board. I will miss her! My condolences to her family and friends. ~Shirley Watters
It was very sad to hear of the passing of my good friend, Barbara. We met in 1958, when we became classmates, in the first class to train at the new American Airlines Stewardess College in Ft. Worth, Texas In 1980, Barbara became the National President of The Kiwi Club, an organization of former and current American Airlines Stewardesses and Flight Attendants. I was honored that she asked me to serve with her, as National Second Vice President, when someone resigned. Together in 2008, while living across country from each other, we planned and carried out, for all 1958 Stewardess classes, the celebration at the Houston Kiwi Convention of our 50 year anniversary from Stewardess College. Barbara made a wonderful video from pictures of all our flying days. At each Kiwi Convention, we have always made a special effort to do something special together or with our other 1958 Kiwi friends. Barbara will be greatly missed at our next Kiwi Convention in 2016 in San Francisco. May God comfort you in your loss! ~Jerry Ann Wheatley Piontkowski
She was a lovely sweet woman who spoke only good about all those around her. She will be missed! ~Pam Bailes