Barbara Anne KENWELL

Barbara Anne Zarowny (Kenwell) was born to Annie Zarowny on August 12, 1956 in Victoria BC. Most of her childhood was spent at the family farm outside Westlock, Alberta and the family homestead outside of Elk Point, Alberta, where she enjoyed growing up alongside her younger sister Sandi, many aunts and uncles and many,  many cousins.
Barb studied at the University of Alberta, where she achieved a degree in child developmental psychology. She went on to find her passion,  working with developmentally challenged children with the Edmonton Catholic School Board. She had a long and enjoyable career,  working with many memorable children and making lasting friendships with coworkers. She also had a passion for volunteering with youth, and worked with Beavers, Cubs and Scouts with Scouts Canada most of her adult life.
Barb is survived by her daughter,  Niki, and sister Sandi. She was “Auntie Barb or Tante Barb” to many,  including 2 nephews (Aaron and Ian), a great niece (Violet) and great nephew (Lincoln). Barb was predeceased by her partner Art and maintained a lasting relationship with his granddaughter Amber and her children Serenity and Maddie, who always held a special place in her heart.
She was loved and will be missed by many.

God’s Garden

God looked around His garden

And found an empty place

And then He looked down upon the earth

And saw your tired face

He put His arms around you

And lifted you to rest

God’s garden must be beautiful

He always takes the best

He knew that you were suffering

He knew you were in pain

He knew that you would never

Get well on earth again

He saw the road was getting rough

And the hills were hard to climb

So He closed your weary eyelids

And whispered “Peace be thine”.

It broke our hearts to lose you

But you didn’t go alone

For part of us went with you

The day God called you home.


  1. Marcia Darlene Guerra

    The world will truly miss my friend. Always there to help out in anyway no matter what it was and no matter what time it was. You can count yourself lucky to have had a friend of over thirty years because after that are no longer friends but sisters. “Bub” thank you for being in my life…endless adventures…great skills you taught me and my “ROCK” of support. You have touched everyone you came in contact with. I love you now and forever!!!

  2. Mike Workun

    Barbara was just an all around lovely person. It was a pleasure to work with her at Austin O’Brien School.


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