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Martin, Barbara K.


MARTIN, Barbara Kay (nee Simpson) - Died on Saturday, October 3, 2020, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Guelph, Ontario, at the age of 80.

Barbara could write upside-down backwards and made a great moussaka. She never chewed gum.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, on September 20, 1940, to her beloved parents, the late Kathleen Winifred (Ridler) and Donald Dawson Simpson, Barbara was the cherished mother of Ivan Martin (wife Elena Petrus) of Ottawa and Dawson Martin (wife Krysia Perz) of Guelph. She was the proud grandmother of Asha, and a lifelong friend of the late Robert Ivan Martin.

Barbara was a dear sister to the late Donald Albert Simpson (wife Betty Ann) of Medina, Ohio, and Peggy (Simpson) Montgomery (husband Marc) of St. Louis, Missouri. She is fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews in the Montgomery and Simpson families, her friends the Tranter family, Naho and Kazu Ono of Yamaguchi, Japan, and Yong-Woon Kang of Seoul, South Korea.

Barbara’s family would like to thank the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital for their care.

Due to concerns about the ongoing spread of COVID-19, there will be no visitation. The family will hold a private ceremony. Arrangements entrusted to the WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 519-822-0051 or wallcustance.com – Condolences can be sent to the family via the funeral home website below Barbara’s notice.

At Barbara’s request, those wishing to express sympathies may donate to World Vision Canada.

A tree will be planted in memory of Barbara K. Martin in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest.



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