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BARNES, Jean Evelyn Mavis (nee Smith) R.N.

<BARNES, Jean Evelyn Mavis (nee Smith) R.N.
March 11, 1936 – April 1, 2013

Mavis Barnes passed away on Monday, April 1, 2013 at the age of 77 years, after an extended stay, first at St. David’s South Austin Medical Centre in Austin, Texas and then came to The Peter Lougheed ICU in Calgary, Alberta.

Mavis was born at home in Eyermore, AB, second of five siblings. At the age of three her family moved back to her father’s home in Little Dyke, N.S., where her father took over the operation of his family’s farm. Subsequently the family moved to a number of locations in Nova Scotia including Glenholme, Lower Onslow, Grand Lake and finally Bedford, Nova Scotia.

Mavis graduated as nurse from the old Children’s Hospital in Halifax as a member of the class of 57B after a three year residency program. Thereafter she worked at various hospitals across Canada including the Nova Scotia hospital, Dartmouth, Grace Maternity, Halifax, the old Halifax Infirmary, the Regina General, Toronto Sick Children’s and hospitals in Peterborough and Pembroke, Ontario. She then returned to Halifax to work at the old Children’s Hospital where she met and later married Ralph in December 1970.

Mavis was a shy, quiet lady but possessed an iron, never quit determination to achieve whatever she set out to do. She was a “doer” with a wide variety of interests. She loved to travel, having travelled across Canada many times. She also visited Portugal, Spain, England, France, Mexico, Cuba and many places in the U.S.A. In later life cruise vacations were a special attraction for her.

Mavis was a long time member, and past president of the Calgary Oil Wives club and a member of associated Oil Wives Clubs in St. John’s, NL and Halifax, N.S. Some of the club activities that had a special attraction for her included golfing, bowling, and playing bridge.

Mavis’s other interest centered on hand crafts. Theses included knitting, crocheting, sewing and painting on porcelain at which she excelled. She was a member of the Porcelain artist of Canada Inc. and Alberta Porcelain Artist of Calgary. She exhibited some of her works at the Calgary Stampede.

Mavis was a friend to many and will be greatly missed.

Mavis is survived by her loving husband of forty-two years, Ralph Barnes of Calgary, AB; son Edward of Houston Texas; sister Elaine (Brian) Doege of Austin, Texas; brother George (Gloria)Smith of British Columbia; as well as many nieces, nephews, grand and great-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Charles Walter Smith and Lucy May Smith (nee Stacey); sisters Lois Miller and Donna Fiendel; and brother-in-law Earl Fiendel.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Luke’s Catholic Church (Corner of Northmount Drive & Northland Drive N.W.) on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Interment at a later date at Sacred Heart Columbarium (1307, 14 Street S.W., Calgary, AB) Condolences may be forwarded through No flowers preferred but memorial tributes made directly to a health related charity of the donor’s choice would be most welcome.

In living memory of Mavis Barnes a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Claire and Dave Werth

    Sad to hear about Mavis. Our thoughts and sympathy to you Ralph, Edward and families.

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  2. Alan and Marie Sheppard

    Ralph and family, we are very saddened by Mavis’ passing, what more can I say. Ralph, I still remember fondly you, being so good to me, taking the scuba course together, while Frank being left in the background because the class was not large enough to accommodate him. Again, Marie and I feel very sorry for your loss!
    Alan & Marie Sheppard

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  3. basil and Betty Ann Miller

    Saddened to hear of Mavis’ death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Basil and Betty Ann

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  4. Frank Dewling

    Deepest condolences on the loss of your dear wife, Mavis. From a childhood friend many, many years ago.
    Sincerely Yours, Frank Dewling

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  5. Bob & Carol Murray

    Sending our sympathy to the family. Mavis always had a smile for you, she will be up there now and eat anything that she wants and feel no pain. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  6. Kathryn Campbell

    “Memories of Friendship are treasures to carry with you always”.
    My deepest sympathies to the family. I knew Mavis through Calgary Oil Wives and also bowled with her. She will be missed.

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  7. Magdalena Julien

    I have only known Mavis for a short while but we shared a lot of things in common, & her smile, she was a wonderful lady, I will sure miss her, My thoughts & prayers are with the family, Deepest sympathy from

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  8. Eric & Patty Diggins


    We are so sorry to hear of Mavis’ passing; our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Mavis was a wonderful lady who touched many people (us included) with her loving and caring personality.

    Eric & Patty

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  9. Eric and WINNIE Bowers

    Ralph with prayers and love at this time from Eric and Winnie Bowers.We believe that at this time Mavis is complete and is enjoying eternal life with Jesus. thanks for all the memories over the years. regards Eric.

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  10. Ralph does know me but I have known the Smith family in Bedford since 1952. We attended the same United Church. Elaine was a classmate from grade 1 through High School Graduation. I got to know Mavis well when Mavis, Elaine and Mrs. Smith were moving to Regina as soon as Elaine graduated; I was invited along to help split the driving. The plan was for the family to visit relatives along the route. We ended up in Kenora, but relatives in the London Area were missed so we doubled back to London, not your Sunday afternoon drive, but they were away! Not a harsh word was spoken. After a night at my sister’s home in Ingersoll, we split ways, Mavis to her new job in Regina and me my summer job in Bedford. Elaine wrote that they arrived safely. The very tough trip obviously didn’t stop her love to travel. My sympathy to you Ralph and your extended family; to me Mavis was a superwoman and showed true grit.
    Peter Myers, Bedford, Nova Scotia
    petermyers@cogeco dot ca

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