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KIRBY (BAXTER), Ellen Elizabeth (nee Northcott)

May 15, 1915 – December 30, 2012

Ellen Kirby passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at the age of 97 years.

Ellen was born in Airdrie and grew up in the Balzac district in a large family. She married Harold Baxter in 1946, and lived for many years in Madden, where she raised her family. After being widowed, Ellen married Harry Kirby and enjoyed her young grandchildren while living at their Balzac farm. Widowed once again, Ellen moved to her Airdrie home where she was active with the Lioness Club, Over 50 Club, and bowling leagues. She later moved to her retirement homes in Calgary, where she was always an involved member of her community.
Ellen touched many lives in her long career as a teacher. She was a prodigious crafter, and loved time spent with family and friends.

Ellen is survived by her sons Fred (Susan) Baxter of Calgary, and Doug (Laura) Baxter of Pine Lake; two grandsons Steven (Jen) Kinch and Nathan Baxter; three granddaughters Cynthia, Julia, and Anne Baxter; one great granddaughter Victoria Baxter; one brother Stan Northcott; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husbands Harold Baxter and Harry Kirby, her parents William and Laura Northcott, her brothers Norman, Ralph, Ray, and Frank Northcott, and her sisters Phyllis Campbell and Joan Northcott/Browns.

Funeral Services will be held at Crossfield United Church (1005 Ross Street) on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to S.T.A.R.S. (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society), Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 8M7 Telephone: (403) 295-1811, or directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222.

In living memory of Ellen Kirby, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie Funeral Home, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: (403) 948 1100

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  1. Larry & Shauna Adams :

    We send our thoughts & prayers at this time of sorrow. We always treasured the gifts and crafts that Aunt Ellen made, she always made such beautiful things. Larry and I wish we could be there with you, but we send our love.

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  2. Irene Wilson, Ron, Rae, Ashley :

    Aunt Ellen, you were a grand lady and always will be remembered for the vacations we took together, for the hours we spent playing cards, and for your cookies you always had to serve your guests. Rest in peace. You deserve a special place in heaven.

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