ELIZABETH ROSE KIDDLE (née BARNES)
Died unexpectedly but peacefully on July 27, 2021 at home in Milton, Ontario in her 79th year. Born November 13, 1942 in Toronto during a snowstorm with her twin brother Herbert “Herb” Taylor Barnes, who predeceased her, along with their loving parents Norah Elizabeth Barnes (née Hardy) and Herbert “Bert” Taylor Barnes, and her beloved grandson Albert Stephen Jucker-Kiddle. Her loss will be felt deeply by her family and many friends, especially her husband of 51 years, David Percy Kiddle, originally of Norfolk, England, her devoted daughters Jennie Elizabeth Kiddle (Rob Crowe) and Amelia “Amie” Marie Kiddle (Jonathan Jucker), and her grandchildren Amelia Rose Crowe, Thomas Ernest David Crowe, and Henry Taylor Jucker-Kiddle, who call her “Gogo”. She will also be missed by her sisters-in-law Georgia Barnes (née Cassels), June Drummond (née Kiddle), and Pat Tarallo (née Kiddle), and their families; her cousin Yvonne Coon; and her nieces, nephews, and goddaughters and their families in Ontario, England, and California.
Elizabeth made many life-long friends at Branksome Hall, University College at the University of Toronto, and Columbia University, where she earned a Master of Social Work degree and lived at the International House. She was a dedicated and thoughtful correspondent—although over the years, as she devoted her thoughts to more important matters, her once-neat handwriting came to almost require a translator! Unlimited long-distance calling was designed just for her.
She met David while working for the Toronto Family Service Agency, and together they built their home “Wildflower Way” north of Milton, Ontario, where they raised their daughters. She worked at the Halton Family Services Agency, the Vanier Centre for Women, and Maplehurst Correctional Centre, and later served on the provincial parole board. She believed intensely in rehabilitation, and was committed to social justice at home and globally.
She travelled widely: solo, with her family, and for the charity Sleeping Children Around the World, and continually sought a better understanding of the human condition. Although she never stayed in any congregation long, she was deeply spiritual. She believed in reincarnation and the “universe at work”, and was a Reiki Master. She had a tremendous sense of fun and whimsy—she loved the full moon, chunky jewellery, bubbles, Balderdash, and preferred her wine to be as sparkling as she was. She wrote poetry and short stories, danced with abandon (until her body couldn’t keep up with her spirit), and always sang the harmony—she sorely missed her women’s singing group during this time of isolation. She practiced compassionate curiosity and was a wonderful listener. She tried to surround herself with those who, like her, wanted to live a life of deep introspection. She was unfailingly generous to her family and friends, clients, and the many causes she supported.
A celebration of life will be held outdoors at the Milton Banquet and Conference Centre (3090 Steels Ave. W) at 1 pm on Saturday, August 21, 2021, followed by a champagne reception. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the CNIB, which served Elizabeth’s father Bert and grandson Albert, the scholarship she helped to endow in memory of Albert, or the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.