Barbara Helen Batchelor, 81, of Raleigh, North Carolina died peacefully on Sunday March 15 2015 at Hospice in Raleigh. She was born on May 30 1933 in Edmonton, Alberta and was the daughter of the late Walter George Langell and Margaret Louisa Langell.
Barbara grew up in a musical family and was known in Edmonton as a child entertainer through her singing and dancing. Family photographs show her in a packed auditorium performing for troops about to embark overseas in World War ll. She also became an accomplished pianist rising through several levels of skill established by the Toronto Conservatory of Music.
Barbara grew up in a loving family and developed a strong liking for animals of all kinds. She was especially fond of the veterinary work of James Herriot in Yorkshire, England, and visited his practice and countryside on several occasions.
Barbara was skilled in the domestic arts of crotchet, needle point, knitting and rug making, many examples of which can be found in her home.
Her quiet disposition belied an adventuresome spirit. In 1956 she traveled all over Europe on a hitch-hiking tour with a friend. Later, she made a one-year tour of Europe with her husband in 1961, starting out with a six-week old baby.
Most significant about Barbara is that she devoted her life to the well being of others. She received certification as a public health nurse in 1958 from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, after which she did field work with the Victorian Order of Nurses and the Simon Fraser Health unit in that same city.
On settling in Raleigh she began a long period of service with the Wake County Health Department, first as a visiting school nurse and later as a coordinator of teams of school nurses. In 1986 she finished her formal education in public health and graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
She was recognized as a staff nurse who demonstrated excellence in practice by the Institute for Nursing Excellence in 1990. Barbara received certification for Community Health Nursing Practice by the American Nursing Credentialing Center in 1995. Before her retirement from practice in December 1999 she was elected to the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing.
She is remembered affectionately by her colleagues as someone with great organizing skills and an overwhelming passion for the needs of children of all ages. She not only helped them with their health needs but on occasion found meals and extra municipal services for needy ones.
The one characteristic all her friends and family remember her for is her gentle, nurturing manner. She was kind to people of all creeds and color, never found fault, and lived an exemplary life of mother, wife, homemaker, and nurse.
A charitable person, she believed strongly in supporting Special Olympics, The Alzheimer’s Foundation, and The Salvation Army.
Barbara is survived by her husband of 58 years, Peter, whom she met on a blind date, her daughter Paula Carolynne, her son Ian Jeffrey, her granddaughter Alexa Lynn Wray, and her grandson Spencer Ian Wray, She was predeceased by her brother Charles Johnson Langell.
The family would like to thank all those friends and neighbors who supported her through visits to Sunrise Senior Living as she struggled with end of life health problems.
In lieu of flowers please consider sending donations to Transitions of Raleigh (formerly Hospice), Special Olympics, The Salvation Army, or the Homeless Shelter of Raleigh,
Friends of the family will be notified of a celebration of her life to be held at a Raleigh location in the near future.