Barbara Marshall (nee Traver) was born in London, Ontario to Frederick and Edith Traver on April 20th, 1934. The Travers ran a respected corner store on Quebec Street for many years and her childhood family home still stands today.
Barbara was an excellent student and attended the nursing program at Western University and University of Waterloo. Barbara and her husband George met while in high school and they married after Barbara graduated as a Registered Nurse and George graduated from Western University with a Degree in Chemistry. George joined Dow Chemical and the new couple soon moved to Sarnia, Ontario where Barbara and George had their three children Alan, Ann and Jeff.
In 1972, with a new posting with Dow Chemical the family moved to Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Although Barbara now concentrated her time on being a mother to her children, she continued her passion for learning and reading and joined the Library in the Fort where for 40 years she served as both a volunteer and director of the Board. Barbara continued to support the Library every year with donations and assisting with the talking books program at the library.
Barb’s nursing acumen was instrumental, when in 1974 their son Jeff was struck by a vehicle. The injuries were overwhelming; Jeff experienced a life altering brain injury that would require him to have constant care for the rest of his life. Barb and George did a wonderful job of keeping Jeff in the family home for many years until they finally found help through the Robin Hood Association. Jeff continues to thrive with his roommates at his Robin Hood home.
Barbara was also a volunteer with the Ladies Auxiliary at River Crest Lodge for 30 years. She spent her last months at River Crest and felt very comfortable and at home there due to her previous involvement with the Lodge.
Barbara was predeceased by her parents, brother and sister, her husband George, her son Alan, and grandson Steven. Left to mourn her passing is her son Jeff, her daughter Ann (Brett) and her grandchildren Chelsea and Lucas. She is also mourned by her many friends, including those always there forever friends Ethel, Freda, Elke, Marcia and Jacquie. A special thank you to Dalas, who was Barb’s caregiver through the toughest times and Ann’s right hand.
In lieu of a life celebration a scattering of ashes will take place in Kelowna BC.
Serenity Funeral Service ~ Fort Saskatchewan ~ 780-998-1422