Barbara Childs

Passed 21/03/2023


Obituary For Barbara Childs

It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of our beloved mom, Barbara Childs.

Mom passed away, peacefully, at the age the age of 89 the morning of March 21, 2023, in Magrath, AB.

Mom leaves to mourn daughters, Gerry (Stan Jackson), Freda (Keith Still) and Vickie (Don Mackey, predeceased); 8 grandchildren (and grand-in-laws); 23 great grandchildren; 3 sisters; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and many good friends.

Mom was predeceased by her first husband, Fred Norton in 1954; second husband, Jim Childs in 1986 and son in law Don Mackey in 1992.

Barbara Jean Starkey was born in Walsall, England on August 1, 1933, to Gerald and Doris Starkey. After the passing of Gerald, Grams (Doris) along with her children, Barbara, Margaret, Doris and Christine set sail for Canada in 1947. Mom made sure she and her sisters (except Christine whom they put to sleep early) explored every corner of the ship as they made their way to their new adventure. They made their way west to the Debolt area in northern Alberta. Mom moved to Bezanson when she married Fred. After his passing, mom moved her 2 daughters, Gerry and Freda and HOUSE to Grande Prairie. In 1957 Mom married Jim and daughter #3, Vickie, was added. Mom lived in the same house for 70 years until she moved to Magrath last year.

Mom was a great and loyal friend to many, working and serving in her community. She holds very special her service as a lifetime member and executive of The Royal Purple. Mom was a member of the Legion and was so proud to be the volunteer photographer for the newborn babies at the QE II Hospital in Grande Prairie. Always one to reach out when neighbors, friends, and family needed her; Mom leaves a legacy of goodness. For the past 20 years her hobbies, crafts and baking were found at many craft sales.

Grandma/Nana will always hold a special place in the hearts of each of her grand and great grandchildren or “scallywags” as mom called them. Such special memories and many knitted sweaters and crafts made with love. You could always plan on a card and a phone call for your birthday.

Our family is heartbroken with the loss of our dear Mom. Mom’s love was a constant in our lives. We wished that her time with us could have been prolonged but as she continues on her eternal journey we say: We love you forever mom and “Till we meet again”

With much gratitude we express thanks to Dr. Kyle Bourne, the wonderful LPNs and staff at The Garden Vista (Good Samaritan Society of Magrath) and Karen Van Hill and Rob King and of Home Care. Thank you for the loving care you gave to our mom.

At mom’s request, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held in Magrath, Saturday, April 15 at 1 pm at the Garden Place Chapel 170 N Center Street Magrath AB. Another celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2023 at 1:30pm at Elks Hall at 10806 106 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z4.

Mom LOVED flowers but in lieu of flowers she would love donations to be made to the Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children. (Mom’s granddaughter received her first hearing aide through this fund)


15 Apr

Celebration of Life

01:00 PM

Garden Place Chapel 170 N Center Street Magrath, AB Get Directions »
24 Jun

Celebration of Life

01:30 PM

Elks Hall 10806 106 Street Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z4 Get Directions »
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  • 10/06/2023

    My deepest sympathy to Vicky and family. Sorry for delay as just found out today. Loved Barb very much she was the best of friends with my mom (Rebecca Schmidt) for many years. Then I got to know her more through the craft sales. She will be missed. Dawna Loree

  • 29/03/2023

    Vickie, Freda & Gerry - So very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Barb was a good friend of my Mother's (Irene Ford) and I always enjoyed bumping into Barb and talking about my mother and enjoying the memories. R.I.P. Barb. Jacki Gobin

  • 28/03/2023

    I had Barb as a volunteer at the information desk in the QE11 hospital for 3 years. She was always happy and a real joy to work with. I am so sorry to learn of her passing. REST IN PEACE

  • 28/03/2023

    My condolences to the family. Barbara would always have time to talk when I would run into her shopping. Such a friendly and kind lady. I remember when I told Vicky that I loved potato salad Barbara made some just for me, I never forgot❤️ Cherish all the wonderful memories that you have, those live in your hearts forever.

  • 28/03/2023

    So sorry to hear that a great and kind lady has passed. I had the pleasure of meeting her when I had first joined Royal Purple in G.P. In later years my husband Colin & I would often see Barb & daughter out for chinese food at Mau's Restaurant on a Saturday night. Peace and love to her family. Paulette Hrychiw

  • 28/03/2023

    Vickie and All of Barb's Family I am so sorry to hear of Barb's passing. She was such a beautiful beautiful lady. She always had time for a chat and was always a special friend. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. Helen Metituk

  • 27/03/2023

    So sorry to read of your mom's passing. Thoughts are with you & your family Vicky. With sympathy, Trudy Peterson

  • 27/03/2023

    Your mom has been a friend to many of my family for as long as I can remember. She was a very special friend to my cousin Elevina Peterson and her family. I would see Barb off and on over the years at different functions and always had a great chat with her. Barb also boarded my daughter, Penny Chapman, while she attended college in Grande Prairie many years ago. I consider Barbara a life long family friend and she will be missed terribly by all who knew and loved her. Dawn Chapman (nee Peterson)

  • 27/03/2023

    So sorry Vicky and Freida for your loss. I've thought of Barb many times over the years, wondering if she still lived in GP. She worked with my mom, Eileen Hodges and myself Rosemarie Crerar at Pourhouse Ceramics. I've always thought fondly of her. The word "scallywags" brings a memory of when I'd bring my daughter to work and she'd say "you little scallywag". Loved her quiet presence, she'll be sadly missed. Rosemarie Crerar

  • 27/03/2023

    My condolences to Vicky and the rest of Barb's family. She was such a good friend to mom. Always checking up on her and if she couldn't get ahold of mom she'd be calling me to make sure everyone was okay. She always made me smile and I think that's a great gift she had- letting others know she cared. I hope she knew how much she was cared for as well.

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