TALLOW, Barbara

Posted: October 10th, 2020

Barbara “Jean” Tallow

Aisokinakiaakii – Nurse

March 3, 1942 – October 5, 2020

Jean was born on March 3, 1942 in Saint Ignatius, Montana and passed away peacefully on October 5, 2020 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 78. She leaves to mourn her loving husband of 58 years Hugh Tallow and Daughters, Wendy, Ann (Levi), Treena, Kelli (Sean). Sons Butch (Brenda), Ronni (Teresa), Adopted Daughter Rhonda (Charlie). Only sibling George (Maggie) and Cousin Diane (Art), Stepmother Donna. Grandchildren: Darby (Tom), Montana (Jace), Iron (Kira), Phoenix, Kyle (Lydia), Cheyenne (Bo), Ty, Dakota (Conroy), Rabe (Rochelle), Keana (Sage), Elyjah, Neveah, Rygel, Adonis, Scotty, Jordie, Jay, Otis, Dawn, Cody (Allison), Darcy (Tracy), Sharlee (Frank), Chris (Lorrine) RJ, Dagmar, Shawna, Great-grandchildren: Elora, Kairi, Tealyn, Hughie, Esrom, Talea, Rhea, Kylia, Raine, Stran, Austin, Nevada, Sienna, Carson, Trey, Cane, Hanna, Chakoda, Cassius, Ty, Doogie, Layton, Billy, Riley, Jake, Clay, Huckley, Augustus “Gus”. Great-Great-Grandchild Kolton. Nieces and Nephews: Dewayne, Victoria, Patty (Larry), Dorothy “Punk”, Jim “Shorty” (Dale), Susan (John), Warren. Predeceased by her Father Floyd “Nels” McQueen and Mother Agnes Liberty, Stepmother Helen McQueen, Father and Mother in-law Cecil and Minnie Tallow. Sister and Brother in-laws Dorothy (Chris) Christenson, Jenny (Jim) Nelson, Grandson Christy Healy, paternal and maternal grandparents.

Jean was a tribal member of the Salish and Kootenia Tribe and grew up in Dixon, Mt with her mother Agnes, brother George and maternal relatives. Jean later was sent to Seattle Washington after she became sick with Tuberculous Meningitis. Jean remained in Seattle where she graduated from Ballard High School. After graduation Jean moved to Canada to work with the children at the St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Unaware the experience would transcend her role as mother and matriarch within the Blood Tribe and surrounding communities. Set up on a blind date by the Anglican priest, she met the love of her life Hugh Tallow. Jean and Hugh married on April 28, 1962 in Cardston, AB. They started a wonderful life, welcoming four girls and creating a legacy of love, joy, passion, and family values. Her smile, humor and energy always radiated to those around her. We often found her working in the community spending much of her compassion and love all those she could. Jean embodied a mission as social worker and teacher supporting children and their families. She always managed to provide everyone a second home to children within her warm hugs. Jean was a fearless spirit, challenging her grandchildren to face their fear on the biggest, scariest rides at the amusement parks. Her love for nature and animals was the foundation of her being, as she would continually demonstrate these qualities to her family and others. Jeans was the glue that kept our family connected. We love her and miss her deeply. We can only hope to one day; love, play, and connect as deeply as she did.

A wake service will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at the residence of Hugh Tallow, Blood Reserve from 5:00 – 11:00 pm. The funeral service will be held on Thursday October 15, 2020 at Legacy Funeral Home at 11:00 am.

(Due to COVID-19 restrictions a limited number will be allowed into the service.)

To WATCH the service Online or to send condolences please visit www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

One Condolence for “TALLOW, Barbara”

  1. Leah Spencer says:

    My deepest condolences to the family. I will always remember Jean’s kindness and generosity when my life was in turmoil.

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