Posted: December 23rd, 2021

August 22, 1942 ~ December 20, 2021


Barbara Ann Howie passed away peacefully at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Monday, December 20, 2021, at the age of 79 years. She will be deeply missed by her many friends as well as her three daughters, Andrea Howie (John Lynn) of Canmore and their daughter, Michaela (fiancé, Joel), Pam (Lance) Knodel of Medicine Hat and their son, Nathan and Angie (Greg) Johnson of Calgary and their children, Jaime and Michael. Barb also leaves three siblings, Yvonne (Kevin) Healey of Elmvale, Judy Brownlee (Karl Ritter) of Calgary and Mike (Charlene) Genereaux of Madoc, ON. as well as many nieces and nephews whom Barb loved and they all loved their Aunt Barb. She was predeceased by three siblings, Denise (Bob) McKenzie of Belleville, ON., David (Nancy) Genereaux of Madoc, ON., and Larry Genereaux of Madoc, ON. Barb was born in Madoc, Ontario on August 22, 1942. She spent a lot of time there causing mischief with her brothers and sisters and cousin, Jack. Eventually she moved to Belleville and began her career as a dental assistant. Before long, Barb had three girls to raise and became a stay at home mom. She had her hands full with the very active trio. They moved out west to BC in 1971, where Barb spent a lot of time volunteering at various centres and was well recognized for her special abilities. After short stops in northern Alberta, the family put down roots in Medicine Hat. The house on 4th Street was a haven for all of the girls’ friends. Barb was like a second mom to so many young people and her door was always open for visitors. Barb found a full time job dental assisting for Dr. Garden whom she adored. In her typical fashion, she made many a nervous patient feel at ease; often holding their hand and reassuring them. At 63, she retired and resumed the activities that she loved and defined her latter years. Aquasize at the Y, solving more crossword puzzles than humanly possible, baking cookies and her famous pies and cooking Sunday suppers for her kids. She loved cheering for her grandkids, at their sports… sometimes a bit too loud! She also had a special place in her heart for her canine “grandchild”, Max. Barb and her best friend, Susan, spent so much time together and enjoyed their trips to Mexico immensely. Susan has been an absolute blessing to Barb and her family loves her for that. They must now say goodbye to an unbelievable person that brightened up the day of every person she met. Barb’s smile and giggling laughter warmed the hearts of so many. That is how she will be remembered and somewhere up above she is making an even better place for those around her. Barb’s final wishes were for her to be remembered with a celebration of her life and her family will honour her wishes in the near future. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 119 – 14 Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1Z6. Honoured to serve the family is




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