We Remember


March 30, 1939 — April 22, 2023

Barbara Ann Folkestad (Née Williams) was born March 30, 1939, in Vancouver, BC. Her childhood was spent in Burnaby, BC.

Barbara moved to the Okanagan in 1962 and lived there until her passing on April 22, 2023.

Barbara was a loving mother to her four daughters Kim, Debra, Tammy, and Lana. She was blessed with 11 Grandchildren: Derek, Quinn, Krista, Kendra, Ashley, Tore, Colby, Nate, Brayden, Kendall, and Lauren; as well as her one great-granddaughter, Nina. She is survived by her daughters Kim (Don McLellan of Abbotsford, Debra (Doug) Lawton of Penticton, Tammy (Kevin) McIsaac of Kelowna, and Lana (Mike) Wick of South Surrey; her grandchildren; and great-grandchild. Barbara was sadly predeceased by her grandson Tore; brother Ken Williams, sister Dorothy Bezanson, and Barabra Leonard (cousin but raised as her sister).

Barbara enjoyed retirement on her favorite beach in Peachland, her pop quizzes, and lively political discussions. She loved to tease and enjoyed a good laugh.

The family would like to thank the staff at Central Okanagan Hospice House for the loving care she received. As well as Dr. Michael Bobyn for all his years of wonderful care for their mother.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice House.

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  • Lydia Cole says:

    Barbara , Rest in God’s love and peace! . Even I did not have chance to meet you in person, but I “met you”through Tammy and Kevin’s love stories . You had fought the good fight; finished the distance you had to run; The faith that you had kept.
    You inspired me and many others.

    Lydia Cole

  • Linda Bakuska says:

    I will miss my auntie Barb, my last connection to my mom’s family. I have a treasure of fond memories made from many visits in the Okanagan with my auntie, and cousins. The fun camping trips, sleep overs, beach picnics, and family fun. My auntie was always welcoming, fun loving, entertaining, a good listener and conversationalist. Through my formative years she was always that adult that could understand and converse with me, made me feel special and heard. I think of my aunt as a strong, independent women with great determination and compassion. I am grateful to have had her in my life, and will forever cherish these memories of her that I hold dear. My deepest sympathy and condolences go out to my cousins and their families. Forever in my heart.

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