Barbara Ann Skadsheim
Born ~ August 23, 1941
Date of Passing ~ May 15, 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Barbara “Barb” Skadsheim on May 15, 2021, at the age of 79 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. She passed away peacefully in her home in Gimli, Manitoba, in the loving presence of family.
Left to cherish her memory are her four daughters, Brenda McClure, Linda (Tim) Miyai, Cheryl (Stewart) Campbell, Wendy (Ringo) Boychuk; eleven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, brother, Craig (Lila) Huston; sister in-law Marion Huston and numerous family members and friends. Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Richard; parents, Clinton and Minnie Huston; brothers, Ernest Huston and Gerry Huston; and sisters, Marlene Cushnie and Linda Cook.
Barbara was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she met her husband, got married and raised her four daughters, until her and her husband later moved to Gimli to retire.
She loved to participate in bingo, lawn bowling and line dancing at the Gimli New Horizons Centre with her sister in-law, Marion, who was so dear to her heart. You would always see Barbara wearing a fancy new blouse to each of her activities.
Above all else, she cared most about her family. “The sweetest, most selfless person to ever walk the face of this earth”, is how her daughters always described her. She had four daughters, eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, yet managed to make each one of them feel equally special and loved by her. Right down to her very last day, she was giving herself away to her family. She always knew what someone needed and would go through anything to be able to give it to them. She had this way of being so bluntly honest, yet so gracious in how she spoke her mind. She was a grandma to all, from her hairdressers to her grandchildrens’ friends. Everyone all saw her as “Granny”. Thank you for everything you did for us, Granny. We were so fortunate to have you in our lives. We know in our hearts that you are resting in peace.
Barbara’s family would like to extend their gratitude to her determined and compassionate team of caregivers, who helped fulfill her wish to be able to continue to live at home in the last few months of her life. It meant so much to her and to us. A special thanks to Dr. Adeniyi Adegbesan and the staff in the chemotherapy program at the Johnson Memorial Hospital.
Barbara’s life will be celebrated for her kindheartedness, generosity and genuine love and support she gave to her family.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, a private, small service will be held for family and friends to celebrate Barbara’s life at Brookside Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Barbara to CancerCare Manitoba.