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ABLETHORPE, Barbara Jean

March 28, 1951- Stratford Upon Avon, England
September 14, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Barbara Jean Ablethorpe, beloved wife of Leonard Ablethorpe of Frank, AB, passed away on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the age of 62 years.

Nothing was more important to Barbara than family and friends. She was attentive, understanding and always put others before herself. She will be missed by anyone who was blessed to know her.

Barbara is survived by her loving husband Len; daughters and sons-in-law, Odette and Jason Brown, Emma and Jarrod Babiuk, Erin Ablethorpe and Holly Ablethorpe; three grandchildren, Parker Brown, Lilla Brown and Charlotte Babiuk; her mother Daisy French; and three brothers and sister-in-laws, Paul and Vicky Proffitt, Robert and Marcia Proffitt and Stephen French. She was predeceased by her father Lenoard Proffitt.

A Celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels Ltd. 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbidge, AB on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Many thanks to the staff of the Tom Baker Cancer Center and the Chinook Hospice for their care and support during Barbara’s illness.

In living memory of Barbara Ablethorpe, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. CALGARY, AB Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. Suzanne and Jose Gomez :

    We are so very sad for your loss of Barb. She put up a good hard fight because she loved her family with all her heart. Barb will be missed by all those fortunate enough to know her. Our thoughts are with you all.

    Jose, Suzanne and Shane

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  2. Dear Len & Family ,
    I was very saddened to hear the news of Barbara’s passing. Please except my sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

    I wanted to share with you a poem I received when my brother Rudy passed away that was written for me by a close friend.

    “When I must leave you for a little while, please do not grieve and shed wild tears, and hug sorrow to you through the years, but start out bravely with a gallant smile, and for my sake and in my name, live on and do all things the same, feed not on your loneliness on empty days, but fill each waking hour in useful ways, reach out your hand in comfort and cheer and I in turn will comfort you and hold you near, and never, never be afraid to die, for i am waiting for you in the sky, do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not Die.”

    Best Regards,

    Jack Van Rijn

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  3. Carole M Friesen :

    Many Blessings to Barb on her journey Home! My thoughts of great times in the bar at Carole’s Bistro and all the wonderful curry and Christmas Party’s that Len, Barb and the girls hosted!

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  4. Wendy & Rick Valley :

    What amazing strength and courage Barb (and all of her family) showed. Barb spoke only positive words throughout this ordeal, and loved her family above all else. There is a space here with us that won’t be filled. We will forever cherish the laughter and appreciation for the “curious” things in life that we shared. Heaven received an awesome angel this week!

    Rick, Wendy, Amber, Rod, Geordie & Cam

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  5. Joe Roberts and Family :

    Sad to hear of your loss. I know you will all get through this. You are in our thoughts

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  6. The loss of a mother is the first sorrow in life, that we face without her. I am privileged to have met Barb. And am fortunate to have her daughters as my friends. We all know her spirit will be forever present in her girls and they will never let her be forgotten. My condolences to Len, Odette, Holly and Erin as well as the rest of the family and know that my heart and thoughts are with you all as you heal through Barb’s passing.

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  7. Cathy MacLeod-Bell :

    My thoughts and condolences are being sent to The Ablethorpe Clan. Peace and Love to you all.
    Cathy, Jordan, Maggie, Isla, & Aislyn Bell

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  8. Terry and Gillian Ablethorpe :

    We are so sad Barb was a beautiful lady in every way our hearts go out to Len and the girls you are all in our thoughts and our hearts. Love you all so much xxxx

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  9. Dear Emma & Family,
    Although we are not able to be here today with you while you celebrate Barb’s life, our hearts and prayers go out to all of you. We knew Barb for such a short period but felt like we knew her for a life time. We will miss her dearly but we take away the love & the laughter that Barb sprend amongst everyone. We all are so very honored to have met such an amazing woman.
    Love Colleen, Jay, Jarin, Sage & Maureen

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  10. Paul & Kelly Elser :

    Len & Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.
    With Sincere and Deepest Sympathy,
    Paul & Kelly Elser

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  11. Such a sad loss, a lovely lady who will be sorely missed. Sending much love to all the family at this sad sad time.xxx

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  12. I would like to express my condolences to Len and all of the family.
    I grew up with Barbara and her brothers in Henley – in – Arden and later met Len and the boys in the Raymond Froggatt band. My thoughts are with you all at this sad time.

    George

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  13. I am so saddened at the passing of Barb, a dear and loving friend. I have so many happy memories from the days when I lived in Lethbridge and all the times we all spent together whilst our children were young. We had many coffee mornings, parties, camping trips, Christmas and birthdays together. I have looked through our photos in the last couple of weeks; laughed , and cried. Barb will be sadly missed by all who knew her. My heart goes out to Len and all of her family. In the Spring when I last saw her, we talked of how much she loved each and every one of you. Even in her illness her first thoughts were of you all. God Bless. She will always be with you in your hearts and memories

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  14. Love and best wishes Len our thoughts are with you all x x

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  15. Our thoughts are with you. She will definately be missed. A friend forever

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  16. Clare ablethorpe and family :

    Dear uncle Len and girls,
    We are sending huge hugs to you all. Auntie Barb was an amazing, kind, humorous lady. She will always be in our thoughts.

    Lots of love
    x x x

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  17. Alana & Alyssa Plaza & Dennis Zacharuk (Tweeter) :

    So sorry for your loss. She will be greatly missed. Xoxoxo

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  18. Carol Ann Smith :

    I’m so sad that Barbara is gone. I will always remember the fun times around the fire at the ‘koop’ and how much she loved to have a houseful of family and friends. I am very grateful I knew her. My deepest sympathies to the whole family.

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  19. Dennis & Donna Quarin :

    Len and family

    Take comfort in knowing that everyone that I know who came to know Barb liked her.She was full of fun , a hard worker , a wonderful mother,
    and a good friend and neighbour .
    We had some great times and that’s how I will remember her.
    Please extend my sympathy to Daisy and Steve and to all of your family
    Dennis

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  20. Susan Hurren (new Simmons) :

    Len and family. I am shocked and saddened to hear the news of your loss. I was young and it was many years ago since I knew Barbara but have always remembered her and felt in awe of her. She was beautiful and I am grateful for the short time I knew her. Bless you Len and all the family, I am thinking of you. All my love, Sue

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  21. Connie Knoblick :

    My dearest sympathy to all who loved Barb, which I know are many. This comes as a surprise to me. I worked with Barb at 2 different jobs and came to love her dearly. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. God Speed Barb. <3

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  22. Brian and Mary Carmen Armstrong :

    Len and Family,
    We are deeply sorry for the loss of your dear and loving Barbara and we pray that God will give you the strength you need to get through this difficult time. We hope that in knowing she is no longer suffering and that she is now at peace you will find comfort. God Bless you all.

    Brian and Mary Carmen

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  23. Jan & Nick Yeomans :

    We have only just learned of Barb’s passing and we are so very sorry for the loss of this beautiful, warm-hearted soul. Only met Barbara a few times, but always at those kind of great get-togethers where good food, good wine and great company lead to lots and lots of laughter. That will be my abiding memory of this lovely lady – laughing a lot together.
    Our sincere condolences to Len and his family.

    Jan and Nick

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  24. Ann & Sandy Brown :

    To Len ,Girls,and Family
    Some people in our lives are like angels.Their very presence makes our world a heavenly place. Barbara was one of those beautiful people. We feel very privileged to have been able to call her our friend and family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
    Lots of Love to you all
    Ann & Sandy

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  25. Carol McNulty (ne Humphreys) :

    I am so very sorry to hear about Barbara. Growing up with Barbara at Henley I have always remembered her and her family. My sincere condolences to you Len and your daughters. Special thoughts also to Barbara’s mom Daisy and Paul, Robert and Steven. I will always remember Barbara for the beautiful lady she was. My sincere condolances to you all. Love Carol.

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  26. Andre Rossier :

    To the Ablethorpe’s,
    It’s with my deepest sympathy to hear of this tragic loss. Barb always welcomed my family with unconditional love and open arms. I pray to God to give the family courage and strength in healing during this difficult time. I will always remember the good times I was so fortunate to share with her. May your hearts be comforted with the warm kind spirt Barb always shared with us.
    God Bless the Ablethorpe’s and extended family.

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  27. Rita Redfern (nee Calcutt) :

    I have just heard this sad news. I have fond memories of our childhood and remember helping to get the 2 of you together for the 1st time.
    best wishes
    Rita

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