Kells, Noreen Grace

January 30, 1939 ~ January 29, 2024

KELLS, Noreen Grace – at the age of 84, passed away on Monday, January 29, 2024, with her family by her side, at Lambton Meadowview Villa in Petrolia. Predeceased by her loving husband, Ronald James (2007). Loving mother of Jay (Mary Jane) Kells of Petrolia, and Lesley Belanger of Orangeville. Cherished grandmother of Ethan Kells and Owen, Cade and Luc Belanger. Predeceased by her parents David and Grace Brown and her siblings Jack and Betty. Noreen will be sadly missed by many friends, nieces and nephews. Noreen was a teacher for 32 years, with the last 18 years spent at Brigden Public School. She touched the lives of many students. She spent her retirement exploring her creative side through painting and floral design. Noreen was always welcoming and outgoing, cherishing the time she spent with friends and family.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Noreen’s life at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME BRIGDEN on Thursday, February 01, 2024 from 4pm to 7pm.

Funeral Service
The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, February 02, 2024 at 11am. Pastor Tim Brown officiating.

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer’s Society. ( or to Lambton Meadowview Villa. (

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  1. Jay, Lesley and families:
    Sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. As many have already said, she was a most kind and gentle person. She certainly passed on all of her goodness to both of her wonderful children. Being Jay’s friend and classmate, I was fortunate to cross her path often in my formative years and she left an indelible impression. She was someone to both admire and emulate. May all the great memories of her life, long lived, bring you some comfort at this time.

  2. We would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of Noreen at this time of loss.

  3. To Jay and Lesley and everyone in your family,

    Noreen was one of a kind;. She radiated generosity, kindness, and patience, and she was loved by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. I share your grief.

    Wishing you peace and good memories in this difficult time,


  4. My condolences to my cousins. I think I met Noreen briefly during my last visit years ago with my mom Ivy. We corresponded a bit over the years for genealogy & family news. Also remember her for the Christmas cards & letters she sent this way.

  5. Jay and Leslie,
    I am so sorry to hear about your mother. Your mom was a beautiful soul, patient and always smiling. My mom Barbara had many wonderful things to say about her always while working with her at Brigden Public as I am sure all her collegues can attest to. My mom and I will keep you and all of your familiy in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. The world has lost another bright light.

  6. Mrs. Kells was one of the greatest teachers of our generation. So grateful to have known her and be taught by her. She was always so patient and kind, never harsh and always quick to listen. She will be sadly missed. My condolences and prayers go out to your family.

  7. Noreen was such a beautiful lady who was easy to talk to. I met Noreen when I first began playing music at Brigden United Church twenty years ago. Noreen was one of my many kind friends who had provided transportation to London for my radiation treatments. Her loving kindness will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Noreen.

  8. Our thoughts are with you. Always enjoyed our conversations , Very kind and caring. She will be missed

    Gord and Heather Haugh

  9. Jay and Leslie.
    I am sorry to find this today. I was thinking of Noreen all day as it would have been her birthday If I had it right in my birthday book that I have kept all these years. My family used to have Christmas dinners with Percy and Ivy Williams for years and my mom and dad used to visit with Grace and Dave a lot. I used to send Christmas cards to Noreen but stopped about two years ago because of not hearing from her. I always enjoyed her letters and finding out what she was doing. She was the only one of that branch of my family I kept in touch with. My thoughts are with all your family at this time.

  10. Jay & Leslie.
    We are so sad to hear of Noreen’s passing. She truly touched the lives of everyone she knew and will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure to know her. Her creative talent, her warm heart and the sweet, calm nature was amazing. Mom cherished her as a friend for life. Take care!

  11. My condolences to Leslie, Jay, and your families. Noreen was a kind-hearted, caring, and exceptional person. I knew her as both a professional and a friend. Her artistic abilities were wonderful. She has influenced many people over the years, and her memory will live on with them. I hope that knowing that so many people cared about her will help bring you peace during this difficult time.

  12. So sorry to read of Noreen’s passing. She was a lovely lady and a friend to all who met her. RIP Noreen. Peggy Andersen

  13. Jay, Leslie and Families, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember your Mother with a smile on her face, and kindness in her heart. She was a wonderful person. Hopefully your happy memories will help with the challenging days.
    Sending Love Cindy (Fader) Kramer

  14. Our most sincere sympathy to Leslie Jay and families. We will cherish our friendship and fond memories forever. Noreen was truly a beautiful person inside and out.

  15. Heartfelt Condolences to Lesley, Owen, Cade & Luc Belanger
    The love and memories shared with your mom/grandma will carry you through the healing journey and be with you always.
    Sending Hugs and support.

  16. It was always so nice to see your Mother m at Brigden Fair
    She was a very gracious lady
    Our sincere condolences

  17. Deepest sympathies Leslie, Jay and family. Ine if the sweetest ladies I have ever known. She taught my nieces and nephews, the all loved her.

  18. My sympathy to Leslie and Jay and families .She was a great teacher and a kind and caring lady.Hugs to all the family. Many great memories.

  19. Jay, Leslie and families sorry for the loss of your mom. Noreen was the kindest and such a lovely lady. Cherish every memory you have💕

  20. My deepest condolences to the family. Noreen was such a sweet and beautiful lady. My thoughts are with you during this mist difficult time.

  21. Jay and Leslie and family sorry to hear of your loss of your mom she was the greatest lady always a friendly smile many memories Linds japp and family

  22. My thoughts are with you all during this time. She was my husband teacher in Brigden and arranged all of our wedding flowers for us. She was a beautiful person inside and out!