Barbara May McFarlane (nee Ritchie)

Oct 13, 1940 – Nov 8, 2017
Born in Stonewall, MB. Attended school in Lethbridge AB and Calgary.

Employed by Marshal Auto Wreckers in Lethbridge, Marshal and Donlesey Printing in Calgary, Philips Cable in Regina, operated Barb’s Bed and Breakfast in Whitehorse where she also sold 5th Avenue Jewellery.

Married Blaine McFarlane July 17, 1965 in Calgary. Moved to Whitehorse in 1986.  Retired to Tagish YT in 1995.  Travelled south to Arizona as Snowbirds starting in 1996.

Barbara enjoyed cooking and entertaining.  She loved dancing, doing crafts, attending equasize classes and teaching life skills to our nephews and nieces. She was a very intelligent, loving lady who will be missed.

Predeceased by her mother, Barbara Ritchie (Bruce), brother James Bruce Ritchie, niece Brenda Lynne Ritchie, father William Beverage Ritchie, stepmother May Ritchie (Ekman) and uncle Jock Ritchie.

Survived by husband Blaine McFarlane, brother-in-law Bryant McFarlane (Marion), sister-in-law Susan Crockett, nephews Alan Ritchie (Sharon), David McFarlane, Todd McFarlane (Dana), Gary Hillsby (Ali), Brent Hillaby (Sarah), niece Michelle LaFronce (Sean),

6 grandnephews and nieces Nicole, Scott, Fynn, Ethan, Austin and Adam and 4 great-grandnephews and nieces Triston, London, Benjamin and Samantha. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

Celebration of Life for Barbara will be held at the Golden Age Society on November 26 at 1:30 p.m.

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