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 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.