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The Mountaineer - Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada
© 2024 The Mountaineer Publishing Company Limited.


Barbara Lydia Richardson
Nov. 11, 1935 – Feb. 5, 2024


Barb was born in Lethbridge, Alta., to Lillian and Paul Jones on Nov. 11, 1935. She began her life living in Warner and Wrentham, moving to Calgary, then to Bowness, Alta., in 1940. She received her education at Bowness School and her high school at Mount Royal College. After leaving school in Grade 11, she attended Calgary Business College where she took a secretarial course, which she excelled in. Her work experience included the CPR and American Consulate. In 1956, she moved to Leslieville, Alta. She worked at the Treasury Branch and Forestry. In 1959, she met Roy Richardson and was married in April 1960 and moved around Northern Alberta, following Roy’s work. In 1961, their son Archie was born and in 1964 they adopted their chosen daughter Paula.

In December 1974, Roy was killed in a vehicle accident leaving Barb with her two children. At this time Barb had been employed as a secretary at David Thompson High School and she worked there for fourteen years. This was Barb’s favourite job! She had a few other jobs in between her employment at the school and when she started at Burrington, Heywood and Holmes, where she worked for 14 years till she retired in 1995.

During this time she became very active in volunteering in several areas including Boy Scouts, the Rocky Museum and the Pioneer Center for several years. She was very active in her church. She taught Sunday School for many years and was very involved with LWML (Lutheran Women’s Missionary League). She served as president and as secretary for Immanuel’s LWML as well as president for the LWML Zone. She received the Community Builder Award of Rocky Mountain House in 2005 and also attended two VBS Missionary trips to the Territories. Reading, sewing, quilting, cross stitch, sudoku and Bible studies were her favourite past times.
Barb is survived by her son Archie and Chris Richardson, daughter Paula and Bryan Shippelt, seven granddaughters, five grandsons, six great-granddaughters and six great-grandsons, brother Elwyn (Casey) and Arlene Jones.

Barb was predeceased by her husband Roy in 1974, her brothers Kenley (1939) and Perry (1947) Jones and parents Lillian and Paul Jones.

A memorial service will be held at the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocky Mountain House on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Barb’s name may be made to support the recreation programs at the Westview Lodge or Good Samaritan Clearwater Centre in Rocky Mountain House, Alta., or to Alzheimer’s or a charity of your choice.

Condolences may be forwarded to www.rockyfuneralhome.ca.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403-845-2626.