BARABAS, Doreen

On June 29, 2020, Doreen AA Barabas (nee Krygsveld) passed away in Edmonton. She was the youngest of two, sister to David (Marlyn) Krygsveld, mother to Julianna Barabas and Agnes (Jason) Lehman, and grandmother to Patrick Joyce and Sarah Lehman, aunt to Brendon (Tammy) Krygsveld, Lisa Krygsveld and Grant (Patricia) Krygsveld.

Doreen was irrepressible. Her generosity on all levels – of love, of spirit, of love of spirits, of sports (especially the Oilers), food, music, dancing, flowers, animals, art, and all of us knew no bounds. She made friends wherever she was, always. She could make a trucker blush when she gave an unfettered blue opinion and yet no one was more compassionate or empathetic, particularly to those in need. She truly was the artist who associated with all and was the most deliciously dangerous. Our Mummer’s irreverent sense of humour made her one of the strongest people we have or ever will know, for it was that and her ability to appreciate and live her life fully that gave her the ability to bear such incredible pain. We are grateful to have known, been raised by and loved her. One of her many nicknames was the Dancing Qveen (pronounced as spelled) – we know her spirit is dancing and raising a ruckus in fine style.

Cremation has been held and a private wake is being planned.

Mum was a huge fan of CKUA, a public radio station here in Alberta.  It was the one cause she gave to in her later years and a comfort to her and us in her last days. In lieu of flowers, please donate to CKUA at https://ckua.com/support/donate/. Please list Doreen Barabas in the tribute section of the donation form, as we would like to thank all who donate in her name.

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Jen Mesch

I really enjoyed the few times I was able to spend time with your Mum, Julianna and Agnes. What a great and memorable lady! My heart goes out to all of you at this time.

Chris McConnell

What a lady. I was so fortunate to work with Doreen, and what a friend she became. If it wasn’t for her when I first moved to Smith I don’t know what I would have done. My condolences to the family. Thinking of you.

Lee Keple

Thinking of your smile always makes me smile. I am so glad to have known you. I have so many fond memories of spending time in your places in Edmonton, sharing food, drinking and carousing and laughing….so much laughing. How one woman could be so classy and swear so much is the mystery and glory of the Dancing Kveen for sure. I will remember your warm heart , wit and the love you shared most of all. I see it so vividly in your two amazing daughters. I love you.

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