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HOWARD, Barbara Margaret (RUSSELL)



15-Jan-1925 - 9-Apr-2024

Barbara Howard, known affectionately as Barb, passed away peacefully at the age of 99 surrounded by her loving family on April 9, 2024. She leaves behind a legacy of laughter, love, and countless cherished memories. Barb's journey through life was marked by her indomitable spirit and unmatched sense of humour.

Born in Penetanguishene, Barb was predeceased by her husband, Bill, parents Mary Ellen (Thompson), Jack Russell, and by her sister Jean Wallace (Bruce).

In 1951, Barb embarked on a lifelong adventure when she married the love of her life, Bill Howard. Together, they raised their two sons Russ (Wendy) and Glenn (Judy).
They often spent their winters in the curling rinks, cheering on their sons with pride.

Affectionately known as “Nanny” to her four grandchildren, Steven (Amélie), Ashley (Scott), Scott (Kelly), and Carly (Joe), she was a beacon of warmth, unwavering support and boundless wisdom. Her legacy is further honoured by her four great-grandchildren, Hayden, Chloe, Livia and Charlie, who will carry forward her spirit of love and laughter into the future.

Barb was a woman of many talents and passions. An avid golfer, curler, and master of crossword puzzles. She approached every activity with enthusiasm and a competitive spirit that was matched only by her quick wit.

Her good natured spirit was evident as Barb embraced many age-related family jokes. Including the humorous, albeit historically inaccurate, notion that she was the first to welcome Samuel de Champlain and his entourage to the shores of Georgian Bay upon their arrival in Penetanguishene! Her remarkable ability to find humour in everyday moments and even laugh at herself was one of Barb's most endearing qualities.

Among her fondest memories was skiing down the main street of Penetanguishene, a tale that she would gleefully recount, always with a mischievous twinkle in her eye. Her family joyfully recalls the time she won all four legs of a 4x100 relay race, all in an effort to cheer on her son.

In 1997, Barb and Bill realized their dream of building a cottage on the tranquil shores of Georgian Bay. It became a sanctuary where family gatherings overflowed with laughter and love, creating enduring bonds that withstand the test of time.

Throughout her life, Barb was deeply involved in her community, and her warmth and kindness endeared her to all who knew her. Her presence at Georgian Village brought light to the lives of many, and her absence will be keenly felt.

Barb's greatest source of pride was her family, and she leaves behind a legacy of love that will continue to inspire generations to come. Barb will be dearly missed. Let us remember her with laughter - she would surely prefer it that way.

In accordance with Barb's wishes, no formal service will be held. Instead, the family kindly requests that donations be made in her honor to the Georgian Bay General Hospital in gratitude of the wonderful care she received over the years, or Golf Canada Foundation to introduce youth to the game of golf she loved so much.

Arrangements entrusted to LeClair Cremation Centre