May 22, 1926 – May 11, 2015
Barbara was born in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan. She was raised on a small farm and then went to the University of Saskatoon where she earned her teaching degree. Shortly after, she moved to BC and took a teaching position in Maple Ridge.
She met Dave Makinson, a mink rancher, at a badminton game. They fell in love and married soon after.
Barb and Dave raised four happy and energetic children on the mink ranch. The household was busy and always welcoming. If unexpected guests appeared, Barb would simply add a little water to the soup pot and make them feel welcome.
Barb was always engaged and active in her community volunteering, golfing with friends and hosting bridge games. She never lost her love of learning and took every opportunity to explore new topics. She took classes at SFU, read voraciously and especially, loved to travel. For many years Yvette Arcand was both a dear friend and adventurous traveling companion.
Barb’s family was always of prime importance and she expressed this in many ways. Each grandchild received many handsewn and knit garments from her and could always expect to find a special treat in her kitchen. We all shared trips together thanks to her generosity, and because of these trips, have formed treasured bonds and memories together.
Barb will be remembered fondly for her laughter, her unfailing kindness, and her generosity.
She was predeceased by her husband Dave in 1971. She is missed by her children Tom (Debby), Gen (Paul), Zoe (Ken) and Jim (Kay); grandchildren Baird and Cole, Morgan, Dana and Nathan, Jordan, Sarah and Gary; and great grandchildren Owen, Leah, Leif (plus one more in progress).
A Celebration of Life will be held at daughter Gen’s home on May 31st, from 2pm-4:30pm at 21457 122 Ave, Maple Ridge
Condolences may be sent to www.mapleridgefuneral.ca