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Babs Flower - A Remarkable Life

Babs in her boat, near Kingston.  Summer 2007

M.A. (Muriel Armstrong) Flower

Born November 1st, 1916 in Connecticut with family connections in both Nova Scotia and Palmyra, Ontario. Died September 8, 2009 at her home in Kingston, Ontario. A.k.a. 'Babs' to friends and colleagues, she enjoyed a remarkable life. Her curiosity and creative essence buoyed by her love of books have guided her countless adventures spanning more than nine decades. An innovative contribution, her 1987 report entitled Libraries Without Walls remains useful today as a snapshot and future roadmap for Canadian Health Libraries. In addition, a raconteur par excellence, her poems and stories chronicle some of her travels and life experiences vividly. ''She did it her way''! 

Predeceased by husband George in 1998, Babs is survived by daughter Judy White, grandson Chuck White and his wife Maura, granddaughter Shawn White and her partner Christopher Jaquette, plus three delightful great-grandchildren, Liam, Ainsley, and Campbell White who will always cherish her memory. 


Donations to Ducks Unlimited Canada or Doctors Without Borders (MSF) are welcome.


Though many Canadian health librarians will never have met Babs Flower, I think most health librarians in Canada will have heard of her as she was the author, in 1987, of the very thoughtful report Libraries without Walls and was active in CHLA, of which she was the second President and an Honorary Life Member, for many years.

Babs died peacefully and at her home in Kingston.  She would have been 93 in November 2009.