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SKIRTEN, Barbara Joan

December 27, 1935 – Taber, Alberta
April 28, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Barbara Joan Skirten, beloved wife of the late Ronald Skirten, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the age of 82 years.

Barbara found much satisfaction working as a bookkeeper for many years. She was an active member of the Triwood Community and found much joy, friendship, and laughter through the Tai Chi and Triliters groups. Barbara faced many health challenges during her life and faced it all with grace and strength without complaint. Her gratitude and politeness was demonstrated in her last days and touched everyone deeply. The family would like to express our deepest appreciation to all the many committed health care workers over the years, and all the love and support from all of her friends.

Barbara is survived by her son, Wayne; daughter, Lori (Chris Blair) grandchildren, Taylor and Quinn; brother, Ken Jaffary (Alice) and sister, Marion Bourne.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549,

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB) on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Barbara Skirten, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Sending all my love your way Wayne as you navigate through this difficult time. Your mom was a warm presence as her love will never leave you. Love and prayers, Sarah and family xoxox

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  2. Wishing all of you solace at this sad sad time. Barb always had a cheery smile for everyone, keep the memories close!
    Patty Harrop

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  3. Heartfelt condolences and warm memories sent your way. Thinking of all of you as this new chapter unfolds. Hugs from your cousins in Saskatoon.

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  4. Elsa and Carla Skirten

    Mom and I were so saddened by the news. Barb’s ability to defy the odds, conquer any set backs, and keep on going with a cheerful spirit was an inspiring example to all. We always enjoyed her ‘just checking in’ phone chats and her excursion up dates. Her infectious laughter really will be missed. Big, big hugs to the family with love from Elsa and Carla.

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  5. To the family of Barb Skirten. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss.
    Barb was one of the first ladies I met when I joined the Tai Chi group at Triwood Community in 2015. I remember well how very welcoming, and pleasant she was to me at that time.
    I always admired Barb; especially her positive, cheerful attitude and stalwart stance in the face of many health issues. She indeed possessed great mettle. We will miss her.

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  6. Christine Kelln

    I will miss Barb and all our chats over the phone and in person when I came by with her orders. She was always thinking of her friends with kindness and happy to order for them and arrange things to suit – making sure I gave my very best service to her! I noticed the warrior she was in every set back with her health as she fought on and got home again and well. I am sad for you all and for myself in not seeing her again until I get to heaven. Love to you all and thank you for sharing Barb with me!

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  7. Sandra Bianchini

    We are so sorry for your loss and wish that we could be there to listen to and share all the great stories of her and her life. She was the best Auntie ever and will be greatly missed
    Lots of love, Sandra, Rob and Jordan Bianchini

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