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PARKEN – Barbara Faye (nee Roberts)

November 26, 1956 – March 18, 2011

Barb passed away peacefully at home in the loving embrace of her husband Darold and her children Alexander, Katherine, and Conrad. She was 54 years old.

Born in Pangman, Saskatchewan, Barb grew up on her parent’s farm. She moved to Calgary in 1978 where she met Darold, the love of her life, while working at Burnet Duckworth & Palmer. After 5 years together they eloped to Las Vegas and were married at the Hitching Post. In what seemed like no time at all they were proud parents of Alexander, Katherine, and Conrad. Family was paramount to Barb. She is survived by her parents Calvin and Viola Roberts, brother Dennis (Shelly) Roberts and sister Lynne Roberts, niece Megen (Nathan) Thurber, her brother-in-law Richard, Malcolm (Diane), nieces Mackenzie and Bharbara, sister-in-law Bev Longstaff (Joe Struck), and sister-in-law Laura Parken. Barb’s faithful companions, her dogs Stella and Stanley were also a part of her family. Barb was a beautiful, elegant, and resolute woman who lived unperturbed by the trivial issues of life. Her infectious smile was enough to inspire warmth and reassurance within the hearts of the many who loved her. Barb loved life, laughed loud and often, and collected friends wherever she went. Her social grace was one of her defining features, and because of this her passing leaves us with heavy hearts. We will miss her terribly.

A Celebration of Barb’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through In lieu of flowers and if friends so desire, memorial donations can be made to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

In living memory of Barbara Parken, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Katie Trafford :

    Yes indeed, I will remember Barb as a woman who was comfortable with herself and all those with whom she knew….graceful in every sense. My thoughts are with all of you. Katie

  2. Karen and Rick Baker :

    Darold, Conrad, Alexander and Katherine, We are all happy to have known Barb, such a wonderfully warm elegant women. We will miss seeing her walking Stella and Stanley and meeting her in the stands while Conrad played football. Lots of Love from Karen , Rick, Dustin, Brendan and Jessica Baker.

  3. Paul & Brenda Sheppard :

    Our sympathies to all of Barbara’s at this time of her passing. I, Paul grew up at Pangman and knew Barbara, but have not had contact with her since leaving home in the mid ’70’s. May God’s peace be with you all at this time.

  4. My thoughts are with you all. I have very fond memories of Barb…I did her hair for a number of years, we always had a good laugh….Barb was a Beautiful lady with a great sense of humour. God Bless you Barb.

  5. The Fulton Family :

    We are all deeply saddened by Barb’s death and our thoughts are with you.

    Bobbie, Kerry, James, Tom and Bill

  6. Darrell Ward :

    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing on of Barbara. She is never really gone, you will carry her with you always.The love she had for you Darold and your children is always there, as my family has learned, you have all the great memories with you. Shannon is still very much with us, we remember her and talk about every day, things that we have not thought of for so very
    long are very fresh in are minds today. Say strong with your family, they will bring you comforted and the love you need.

    Shannon, myself and our daughter Stacey were fortunate to have spend time with Barbara watching our daughters ride their horses in competitions around Calgary. Barbara was very open with herself and was always happy to tell us about the family. We were always relieved when the ride was over and the girls were
    still on their horses.

    Remember when the time comes you will all walk with your mother, wife and friend, hand in hand where there is no cancer, pain or sorrow. A place filled with butterflies, love and peace.

    Darrell Ward and family

  7. Ken and Valerie Muirhead :

    With loving memories we will cherish the life of BARB that we knew. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. We apologise that we can not be there with you.

  8. Darold:
    Even though I only met Barb a couple of times, I assumed she had to be a saint to put up with the Parken brothers. Just to let you know you have my sympathy, my thoughts are with you and your family.
    Rod Towns

  9. Wayne and Toni Steer :

    May the memories that you shared with Barb lift your hearts now and always!

  10. Rob and Sue Depoe :

    Dear Darold, Alexander, Katherine and Conrad
    We are so sad to hear about Barb. She was such a strong and beautiful woman both inside and out. We will always remember her lovely smile and infectious laugh despite her struggles.We will miss her terribly also.Unfortunately we are away in Mexico and will not be able to attend her farewell.
    Please know that we are thinking of you.
    Rob and Sue

  11. Russell Kalmacoff :


    We shared many happy evenings together with you and Doreen and we were shocked to hear of her passing. You have our most profound sympathy.

    Russ Kalmacoff and Evelyn Gehmacher

  12. Darold & Family:

    I am at a loss for words as to how shocked and sad I am to hear of Barb’s passing. My prayers are with you and your family at this time

    Pam Collins
    Shapco Resources Ltd.

  13. Khurram Malik :

    I am deeply saddened by your loss.


  14. Jean-E Hudson :

    Dear Darold, Alex, Katherine and Conrad.

    It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Barb. So many wonderful memories of kids, horses, hockey and neighbours. I heard this poem the day after I heard the news and I would like to share it with all of you.

    Kindest Regards

    Jean-E, Mike, Paul, David and Kevin Hudson


    I follow monarch butterflies dancing
    down to the water’s edge.

    This morning
    a ghost canoe filled with Algonquins
    glides slowly past me,
    north towards Victoria Island and Nepean Point
    this river their highway.

    Lately, I have walked this
    river’s shoreline my daily haunt.
    The dog and I cover endless ground:

    rocky beaches, mid-summer grasses,
    scrubby fields of wildflowers,
    each bloom of bull thistle, lupine, butter and eggs
    observed and noted under hot sun,
    the honking of geese our soundtrack.

    In the distance, the ghost canoe
    pulls ashore at Lemieux Island.
    Its paddlers drop their giant oars,
    jump out and stretch tanned limbs then
    submerge themselves in the river’s embrace.

    Nightfall now & I can hear
    their songs, their drumbeats. Powwow dancers,
    the silver jingles on their dresses lit by firelight.
    Every soft footfall absorbed into
    and resonating from the earth.

    No matter what season
    you too will hear drumbeats and footfalls
    you too will feel the river’s pulse.

  15. Laurie Smith :

    Dear Darold, we are very sad to hear about Barb. I remember how wonderful she was to me the few times we met in Canmore. The evening I shared with Barb around the fire in the back yard at 2nd Street with a glass of wine allowed me to see how special a lady Barb was, and always will be. Please take care and treasure those memories…
    Laurie Smith & Jim Nanninga, Canmore

  16. Samantha (Hope) & Michael Brook :

    Darold, Alexander, Katherine & Conrad:

    Words cannot express how truely sorry and saddened Mike and I are to hear of Barb’s passing. She will never be far from anyone’s hearts or thoughts. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your family.

    Sam & Mike Brook

  17. Gregory Cashin :

    Barb was an amazingly nice woman, who radiated cheerfulness wherever she went. Her happy, bubbly, and kind personality was contagious, and she never failed to brighten my day. My youth would not have been the same without her, and I feel blessed that I was so lucky to know her. I don’t feel like there is anything I can say to do justice to her wonderful personality, as she was truly a special woman. All I can say is that I hope for the best for the Parken family, and everyone who knew Barb, as I know we all miss her greatly.

  18. Lee Richardson :

    To Darold, Alex, Katherine and Conrad.

    Our deepest sympathies on hearing your very sad news.

    I shall always remember how welcoming Barb was when Janet visited Calgary, for the first time, some years ago, and how she was always interested in ‘our family news’, when we subsequently met from time-to-time; so typical of Barb, where family always meant so much.

    With our condolences, and much love, from
    Lee, Janet, Natascha and Tara Richardson
    Hampshire, UK

  19. Dan Phillips :


    Our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.

    Dan, Tammy, Noah & Ava.

  20. Jim and Sue Godsell :

    Darold and Family

    It is with great sadness that we learned of Barb’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


    Jim, Sue, and Victoria Godsell.

  21. Marnie Temple :

    My love and thoughts are with you. It is a time of one’s life that can never be truly understood by another as no one has ever walked in your shoes. I am sorry for your loss. And I offer you my love and my support.
    Barb is a woman who gave much to anyone who crossed her path. She is a wonderful woman and I am blessed to have had the opportunity to have crossed her path.

  22. I am in shock after reading of Barb’s passing today in the Globe and Mail. To the Parken family and the Roberts family, please accept my heartfelt condolences. While we have not been in touch for many years, I will always have fond memories of her.

  23. Susan Morrow and Warren Fick :

    We were so sorry to hear about Barb. It was obvious from the few times we met her that Barb was a loving and devoted mother and wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Susan and Warren

  24. Dear Darold, Alex, Katherine and Conrad

    I will always remember Barb as such a welcoming and loving person.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Love Pasq and family

  25. Darold, my condolences to you and your family.

  26. Sheila and Paco Osuna :

    Dear Darold and Family.

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful wife.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Sheila and Paco Osuna and Luisa and Corrigan Simms

  27. Mikell and Ash Hagen :

    Darold, Alex, Katherine and Conrad,

    We are so deeply saddened by your loss.

    Barb was such an amazing lady with an amazing family. She was always so happy and cheerful with all the kids at the Christmas parties and always so genuinely interested when chatting with her. We will miss Barb and her bright and welcoming smile.

    Mikell and Ash Hagen

  28. Darold,

    Our deepest sympathies on hearing your very sad news. We wish all the best for the Parken family and I know the strengths of your friends and family will pull everyone through.

    Eliza, Jeff and Adam Rouse
    Richmond, BC

  29. Andy & Amanda LePage :

    To Darold, Alex, Katherine, Conrad, Laura and the entire Parken Family

    I have had the pleasure of working with Darold and Laura for several years now, and our deepest sympathies are with you and the family at this time.

  30. Anne Fraleigh :

    I had the great pleasure of meeting Barb when I was part of a film crew shooting the movie, Snow Day at your house many years ago. Barb was wonderful then and I always enjoyed seeing her in the years which followed.

    I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. Barb will be missed.

  31. Elaine L Cowley :

    I wish to express my sincere sympathy in the passage of your dear wife and mother.
    I met Barb, at the Tom Baker out patient, where I volunteer.
    She was such a delightful inspiring lady – we had many good talks about books to read and of course dogs.

    Most sincerely
    Elaine Cowley

  32. Barbara Black :

    Darold, Alexander, Katherine and Conrad,

    I am sorry for the delay in this post, but I needed some time to process her loss in my heart.

    I knew Barb from before her life began in Calgary and was lucky enough to share in the different stages in her life. I watched as she became a wife and then a mother and as she grew into the woman she was.
    The many phone visits and the way too few actual times we managed to be in the same place over the years always left me with gratitude that I had this beautiful loving and insightful woman in my life. I loved the laughter we shared and the tears, equally.
    She loved you all so much and although she was not ready or willing to leave you so soon, she was confident in that the love and the life’s lessons she shared with you all would give you the strength and tools to move on without her.
    Her and I had many talks during this past few years about her knowing she would be seeing us all again…I know I look forward to that and hearing her laughter again.

    My heart and thoughts are with you all.

    Barbara Burwell Black
    Chemainus, BC

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