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BROWN, Bharbara

October 8, 1930 – January 11, 2013

It is with great sadness that the family of Bharbara Brown announce her passing on Friday, January 11, 2013 at Sarcee Care West Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer.

Bharbara Brown (nee Johnston) was born in Lumsden SK on October 8, 1930, the daughter of William Nabis and Alice Johnston. Mom attended school in Broadview, SK. She received her RN from the Regina General Hospital and in 1952 she joined the staff of the Cancer Commission in Regina. In 1953 she was transferred to Saskatoon where she worked as a Radium-Radiological Therapist, and had the honor of being one of the first people in the world to operate the Cobalt Bomb for cancer treatment. Mom married Louis Schwalm in 1954. In 1967 Mom started working with Holiday Magic Cosmetics and in 1968 she started her own company, Renown Enterprises, distributors of the Cosmetics. Mom was a member of Lionesses, Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association, the Regina Chamber of Commerce and of Beta Sigma Phi. Mom moved to Calgary in the early 70’s and went to work for the Canadian Simmental Association. From there she went to work for the Calgary Action Association which housed the Calgary Food Bank. After years of dedication she became the Assistant Executive Director for the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank. After retiring Mom enjoyed travelling to see her grandchildren, great grandson and family, golfing, crafting, cooking and hosting many dinner parties. She was known as “Nana BBQ” by her “adopted grandchildren” Amber, Krista and Jon and Mom’s good friend Kathy. Mom was greatly pleased to reconnect with nurses from her class of 1952 for her 60th reunion in Regina last September. It brought her great joy and happiness. Mom was a compassionate, caring, vibrant, elegant and spirited woman. She loved her family and friends and will be dearly missed by many.

Mom is survived by her daughters, Terry Schwalm (Otto Tresher), Debbie LaRocque (Kelly), and Sheri Boegli (Larry). She is also survived by daughters-in-law Carolyn LaRocque and Tori Hatfield; grandchildren Brent (Kate), Brandan and Colin; and great-grandson Linclon; brother Keith Johnston (Irene), grand-niece Bev Rousson (Dean) and their daughters Ashley, Kayla and Andrea: Mom’s cousin Ann Johnson, her children Patty (Joe, sons Sean and Nathan) and Peggy (Rob, son William). She will also be missed dearly by her extended family, Larry Minchin, Patty Harding, Bruce Leach, David Crawford, Shirley Hardy and Al, James Mauch, Thelma Henry, Sherry Kindopp (Kelly); Evelyn Humphrey and family; Kathy Seagrave, Amber (Jeff), Krista and Jon; and all the friends and family she met and loved from the Calgary Food Bank. Mom was predeceased by her mother Alice and Louis.

There will be a “Celebration of Bharbara’s Life” on Saturday, January 19th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Ogden House Senior Citizens’ Club (2102 – 69 Ave S.E.) Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bharbara’s name to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222.

In living memory of Bharbara Brown, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Mycena B Dickerson :

    To the Brown Family I am very sorry for your lost. Ms.Brown sound like a truly active woman who loved her family and life. Death is an enemy that affects us all. Yet we can draw comfort from reading Revelation 21:3,4. Yes death will be no more totally destroyed by God’s Kingdom something we all pray for. So take care of yourselves and continue to pray to Jehovah God for peace and strength . He’s listening.

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  2. Melody Nagel-Hisey :

    Dear Terri, Debbie and Sheri and families,
    Sad to hear of your mom’s passing. I bet aunt Barb and my mom, June, are happy to see each other! I remember aunt Barb so fondly as a lively and fun person. I loved visiting with her. Please know I am thinking of you all!

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  3. Dear Kelly and Debbie:
    Please accept my sincerest sympathy on the loss of your beloved mother. I hope that when this time of intense grief passes, you will find peace in your hearts from knowing that you dearly loved and cared for her.
    Linda Hills

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  4. Elaine and Duane Haukaas :

    Dear Family, We have you all in our thoughts and prayers as you mourn the loss of your mom. We will be thinking of you especially on Saturday.
    Our Love, Elaine and Duane

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  5. Marg and Garry Rowe :

    Our condolences to Terri, Debbie and Sheri on the loss of their Mom. We pray that God will comfort you with his wonderful peace during this time. Hugs and Kisses Marg and Garry.

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  6. Amber Graydon :

    My sincere condolences to the family… Nana BBQ was absolutely amazing to me as I was growing up. I am so proud to have known her, and look back and laugh at the nickname that I gave her when I was small – I wouldn’t change it, ever! She was a very strong woman, loved everyone – we all know how much.

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  7. Randy and Liz Haukaas :

    Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of your Mom.

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