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Obituary: Barbara Kelly Graber

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Barbara Kelly Graber, 72, passed away after a long illness Jan 2, 2002 in Holladay, Utah at her home and in the company of her family. Born in Springville, UT April 4, 1929 to Melbourne and LaReta S. Kelly, Barbara was raised at the Kelly Ranch in Hobblecreek Canyon.

In her youth, she studied piano and voice and became an ardent skier. After graduating from Springville High School, Barbara began a modeling career in San Francisco where she met and married jeweler Victor H. Graber in 1951. They began married life in Orinda, CA raising four children, Kelly, Steven, David, and Lisa. The Graber home was full of family and friends and often engaged with assisting the organizations they cherished such as the Oakland Children's Hospital and the Oakland Symphony. Barbara continued her education at Diablo Valley College and later joined the aviation faculty there as a licensed flight instructor. She competed in the cross-country Powder Puff Derby and became Vice-Chairwoman of the Mt. Diablo Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots. After raising her children, Barbara returned to Utah to reside in Holladay. She then enjoyed opening an antique store in Springville, attending the University of Utah and the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona, serving as President of Hadassah, assisting as a Hospice caregiver, and being a patron of the Utah Symphony. When at home, Barbara loved tending to her beautiful rose bushes, cooking up a scrumptious dish, preparing for a piano recital, or chatting on the phone with someone she loved. She made each person feel special in her warm and loving way. She was a graceful, remarkable lady and will be dearly missed.

Barbara was preceded in passing by her father and husband. Her surviving relatives include her mother, stepfather, aunt and uncle, cousins, children, and seven grandchildren, Kristofor, Kelly, Alex, Jesse, Jennifer, Heather, and Avi. A private family memorial was held Sunday.