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Margaret Courtin Kell, dedicated nurse, marathon runner

Feb. 24, 1955 – April 24, 2015

Margaret Courtin Kell, a longtime nurse at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and marathon runner, died Friday at her Williamsville home. She was 60.

Born in Buffalo, Mrs. Courtin Kell was a 1973 graduate of Holy Angels Academy. In 1978, she earned a degree in nursing from D’Youville College and was hired almost immediately to a nursing position at the former Millard Fillmore Hospital at Gates Circle.

In 1994, she was moved to the intermediate medical care unit of Millard Fillmore Gates. She began working in the intensive care unit of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in 1996, and was transferred to the department of cardiology in February 2014. According to her family, Mrs. Courtin Kell was a dedicated nurse who forged many lifelong friendships throughout her career.

She was an avid runner who completed four marathons, including the Buffalo Marathon, Niagara Falls International Marathon and two New York City marathons. She also competed in numerous half-marathons, along with 5K and 10K races.

Mrs. Courtin Kell also enjoyed gardening and cooking. She nurtured her children’s love of music, enrolling them at early ages in the Buffalo Suzuki Strings musical arts center in North Tonawanda. She remained active in the organization until all of her children graduated from the program at the end of their high school careers.

In 2008, she married Bennet Kell, who survives. Other survivors include two sons, Matthew and Evan Courtin; two daughters, Elizabeth Lasnier and Christina Courtin; three stepdaughters, Jessica and Katie Kell, and Sarah Stewart; two stepsons, Patrick and Bennet Kell II; two sisters, Anne Marie Liberto-Wilson and MaryJo Speake; a brother, Ralph Liberto; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Tuesday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.

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