It is with great sadness that we share the news of the peaceful passing of Barbara Alice Westman on Monday, March 28th, 2022. As a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend, her fierce love for her family will stay with us forever.
Born in Mayerthorpe, Alberta, on September 28th, 1950, to parents Audrey and Al Astle, Barb grew up in a household full of love and laughter. As one of seven children, she was a cherished confidant, companion, and friend to each of her siblings and was especially admired by her two younger sisters as they were growing up.
When Barb met her husband, Don, she had found the love of her life, her soulmate, and best friend. Eloping only a few months after meeting, Barb and Don were married for just over 50 years and created a beautiful life together as parents to Kelly, Michael, Sheila and Dennis. Her family was everything to her and when her children married and had children of their own, Barb was the most loving grandmother who absolutely adored each one of her grandchildren.
Barb had a natural talent for always making her home feel so warm and inviting for whomever would show up at the door. Whether visitors stayed for an hour, a few days, or ended up moving in for a few months, she always made them feel right at home. She would often have her famous chocolate chip cookies or homemade buns waiting for the kids and their friends as soon as they got home from school. Whether she was hosting large family get-togethers or adding an extra seat at the table for an unexpected dinner guest, her open and caring nature always made everyone feel welcome.
Barb and Don loved to travel together, whether it was just to get away camping for a few days, or cruising around Alaska or the Hawaiian Islands. They spent many hours together on the road touring throughout Canada and the US, but some of their favourite memories were of family camping trips to Kootenay Plains and the Shuswap.
Her family was her passion, and she always went above and beyond to make every birthday, holiday and family celebration memorable. With thoughtful, homemade birthday cards and creatively wrapped Christmas and birthday gifts, she had a way of making each recipient feel so loved. Barb also loved taking family photos to capture all of these special occasions so that her children and grandchildren could treasure these memories forever.
Barb was predeceased by her father, Al; her mother and father-in-law, Lillian and Rowland; her sister-in-law Marilyn; and brothers-in-law, Mac and Orville. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Don; her children, Kelly (Rob), Michael (Stacy), Sheila (Ryan) and Dennis; and her precious grandchildren, Everett, Aden, Mav and Kaia. She is also survived by her mother, Audrey; siblings, Doug (Dianne), Glen (Bev), Brian (Colleen), Gary (Brenda), Brenda (Arnie), and Holly (Albert); and Don’s siblings, Robert (Idelle), Betty, Lorine (Bill), and Ray (Marg). She will also be dearly missed by all of her nieces and nephews, extended family members and friends.
Barb will always be deeply loved and cherished, and her beautiful smile and warm hugs will be greatly missed. A small celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Serenity Funeral Service
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