Ohlson, Barbara Jean “Barb”

March 24, 1935 – December 3, 2020
at the age of 85 years:

It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of Barbara (Barb) Jean Ohlson at the age of 85 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.

Barb was born in High River, Alberta and grew up in nearby Turner Valley.  She married the love of her life William (Bill) Ohlson in 1956.  With Bill employed in the Oil Industry, they lived in several communities in Alberta before settling down in Leduc in 1972, where they stayed until they built a new home and moved to Blind Bay, BC in 1990.

Barb loved living in the Shuswap.  She enjoyed the weather and sharing the lake with her family during the summer months.  Being a consummate baker, the fruit season allowed her to make incredible jams and canned fruit for her children and grandchildren when they visited.  Christmas, her favorite time of the year, was all about sharing her baking, making everyone’s favorites.  Her Christmas Turtles were a special treat, and she loved to gift them to family, neighbors and friends in the Blind Bay area.  Barb was talented in many crafts.  She especially loved to crochet, sew and cross-stitch.  Her home is decorated with many of her projects.  She took great pride in her home and always said; “There’s a place for everything, and everything should be in its place.” 

Barb is survived by her loving husband, Bill, of 64 years, children; daughter Nancy (Jack) Chawrun and son William (Wilma) Ohlson, grandchildren; Jessica and Matthew (Jessica) Chawrun, Kevin and Mitchell Ohlson; great grandchildren Kai Headstrom and Jaxson Chawrun; and her sister Donna Pich.  Barb was predeceased by her parents John (Jack) and Lillian Donaldson, brother, Bruce Donaldson, and sister, Helen (Faye) Ross. 

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Salmon Arm Hospital and Bastion Place for their care, support and kindness.

As per Barb’s wishes there will be no memorial service.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society at www.cancer.ca or a charity of your choice.


  1. We are deeply sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. We have always enjoyed visiting with Barb. Our hearts go out to Bill and the family.
    Stu & Shirley

  2. Thinking of you all, as our hearts go out to you, during this extremely difficult time.

  3. Dear Bill and family, Lyle and I are so sad to hear of Barb’s passing…we always enjoyed our visits and her dry humour. Thinking of you

  4. My sincere sympathy on your loss. I have good memories of the times we visited.

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