Business Woman, Designer and Charity Activist|
Barbara E. Kelly started her career as a model for Cole of California in Los Angeles. She was promoted to showroom manager and fashion director. In 1961 she was made Vice President of Cole of California in charge of worldwide advertising and publicity. During these years with Cole, Barbara won over fifty awards in the advertising industry including eleven Golden LULU awards and the Gold Medal from the Art Directors Club of NewYork.
In 1970 Barbara began designing her own successful line of clothing for Cole and in 1973 she was appointed President and Design Director of Casa Di Cole, Cole's sportswear division, where she designed four collections of sportswear each year.
In 1975 Barbara and her beloved husband Donald J. Kelly moved to Coronado and purchased the Coronado Directory. They moved Kelly Advertising, which had been operating in Los Angeles, to the El Cordova Plaza. After the untimely passing of her husband in 1979, Barbara continued the publication of the Coronado Directory until 1985.
In 1984 Barbara married Ted Mouton, a retired Naval Captain. They had many happy years of travel and life in the Coronado Cays. Ted passed away in 2007.
Barbara was deeply involved in many organizations and charities. She was the Special Gifts Chairman for the American Cancer Society from 1967-1971, President of The Colleagues Auxiliary Fashion Board in 1969, a member and Publicity Director of the San Diego Chapter of WAIF. She was a Board Member on Project Concern and a member of the Council of Ministries of Sacred Heart Church.
Barbara had many good friends at the Coronado CaysYacht Club. She was a member of C-Gulls, the Republican Women's Club, The San Diego Historical Society and The Women's Association for the Salk Institute.
She joined THE CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY in 1985, and as an active member for 25 years, she was a tireless advocate for children in need. With her strength in design and marketing, she created and produced memorable Coronado fundraising events. Among these were the gala ""Soirees"" in the San Tropez ballroom at Le Meridien and The Robert Hays Celebrity Tennis Classic weekends. These star-studded events brought TV and movie celebrities to Le Meridien tennis matches along with local donors. Barbara's fundraising efforts benefited Coronado with exquisite social events and CHS with many thousands of dollars in donations.
Barbara Kelly Mouton had an artistic and exceptional career. She was deeply involved in many charities and she will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends. She is survived by her daughter Karen Kelly Miller and son in law Grant Miller, her sister Jacqueline Sheldon, her nieces and nephews, and her much loved dog Monet. Barbara requested no funeral, but we will have a celebration of her life toward the end of the year.
Published in U-T San Diego from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2010