Barbara Connell Hunter Kellogg
Barbara Connell Hunter Kellogg, beloved mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, friend, mentor, and teacher, passed away peacefully at home on June 23, surrounded by her loving family. Barbara was born in Brooklyn, New York, and spent her formative years there before moving with her family to Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she lived through high school. Upon graduating from Mary Washington College with a degree in elementary education, Barbara relocated to San Diego, California, where she began her career as a teacher.
It was in Coronado where Barbara met her husband of 59 years, Gus Kellogg. In 1968, Barbara and Gus settled with their growing family in the historic Augustus Collins house in North Guilford. Barbara, together with Gus, created a home filled with unconditional love, laughter, wisdom, and healthy chaos for their four children. Family was everything to Barbara. She was selfless in her love and support of her children: Erin, Beth, Kim, and Gus, their families, and her nieces and nephews.
In 1984, in the midst of raising four teenagers, Barbara earned her master’s degree in Elementary Education from Connecticut College. She went on to teach in the Guilford Public Schools for many years. Barbara was a gifted and intuitive teacher who cared deeply about each of her students, nurturing and developing their strengths and self-confidence.
After her retirement in 1997, Barbara continued her passion for education as a mentor through the Guilford Youth Mentoring program. Barbara’s lifelong love of learning and spiritual curiosity then led her to explore the work of hands-on healing in her later years. As with all of her earlier chapters, Barbara’s intuition, wisdom, love, compassion, and strength in this final chapter touched the hearts and lives of many.
We who have been most blessed by Barbara’s life and legacy, her children: Erin, Beth, Kim, and Gus, their spouses (Rod, Steve, Ric, and Sarah, respectively); and her nine grandchildren: Hannah, Cecelia, Hunter, Caleb, Isabel, Keelia, Beau, Satjee and Sage, will be forever grateful for the extraordinary soul who was our Mom and our Gram.
In keeping with her interests and values, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center (https://support.splcenter.org) and Guilford Youth Mentoring (https://www.guilfordmentoring.org). Arrangements are in care of the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church Street, Guilford. To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.guilfordfuneralhome.com. Services will be private.