Barbara Ann McKenna

February 2, 1954 - April 20, 2023
April 21, 2023 11 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

Barbara McKenna passed away peacefully on April 20, 2023 in Edmonton, Alberta, at the age of 69. Barbara is survived by her two sons Robert McKenna (Yasmin) and Ian McKenna (DeAnne), grandchildren Rhylie McKenna, Rhyder McKenna and Ashleigh McKenna, her brothers Ross Druskin, Allan Druskin (Sandy), Brian Druskin and Dale Druskin (Irene) as well as her extended family in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.

Barb was born on February 2, 1954 in Calgary, Alberta. Her family moved to British Columbia and she lived in Lumby, British Columbia for most of her life with her long time friend and sister-in-law Maryann Druskin. Barb was a fierce, independent person who lived life to the fullest on her terms. She worked at Polson Extended Care, in Vernon, for over 30 years as an activity worker. Being at work everyday with the residents and her co-workers brought her so much joy and everyone became a part of her extended family. She put her heart and soul into her work and would go shopping on her own time with her own money to buy supplies and goodies for the games, treats and activities for the residents. She had immense creativity, energy and motivation to follow through with her ideas.

She was a tremendous advocate for the residents' emotional and social well-being and their existence as humans. They all needed the same entertainment, love, food, pure enjoyment that the rest of us had. She would stand up for any injustice she saw whether with residents or co-workers but was also quick to crack a joke or pull a prank.
After retiring in 2014, everyone at Polson would say, “there will never be anyone like Barb” and “Barb was the best activity worker”. She was passionate in her work every day and impacted so many people's lives. Her legend as an activity worker will live on with all who worked with her.

Barb had a love for animals and cared for many dogs and cats over the years. So many dogs that included Toby, Rambo, Burt, Reno and Rosie just to name a few. She loved each one as family and cared for them deeply. She had an opportunity to travel to Europe after being pushed onto the plane and she frequently would share her memories of the trip. She loved to play bingo and go to the casino to try her luck on the slot machines. She cherished her trips from Lumby to Edmonton to spend time with all her grandchildren and family.

Barb was a loving sister, mother and nana to her family and a caring friend to all that knew her. To honour Barb’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. We invite everyone who knew Barb to celebrate her life by keeping your memories of her in your thoughts and hearts.

  1. So sorry for your huge loss.I met Barb at Polson years ago,I also got a cat from her years ago,We named it money.She gave me a clock that chimed years back and is still at my moms chiming away.We played many games on the com in the past.I always loved pics of her little granddaughter ❤️.She was a awesome awesome lady.May she rest in peace ❤️ Susan Knowles

  2. Barb! Creative, hard working, sincere and was a joy to work with. Always making the lives around her better with her humour! Stubborn, very private, but oh so much fun! She will certainly be missed but always remembered! My condolences to her boys and family.

    • Thank you for all of the support my brother and I have gotten from family and from Polson. My mother enjoyed working their with a Passion. Our mother will be missed by all. Love you mom

      • My deepest condolences to you and Ian and your families. Your mom was Auntie Barb as far back as I remember. I just lost my dad to cancer as well. I know your pain and send you all hugs!

  3. Will always remember meeting Barb working in the OR two newbies on ordering supplies. They had so much stuff that it took two carts to deliver it. Barb and I took a trip to Golden to visit Wilf who we took out for dinner. There was some scotch involved and Barb got very annoyed at a woman who kept staring at her. She was going to tell the woman off until I realized that she was looking in a mirror. Had lots of fun with that one. Barb was such a caring wonderful person who will be missed. My thoughts go out to Robert and Ian

  4. I am so very sad to hear this 🥲 she brought so much passion to every thing she cared about… was a joy to work with her….may she RIP ♥️

  5. Barb was our neighbor and we enjoyed our “ over the fence “ chats and visits with her . Our condolences to you all . We will miss her smiling face .

  6. My condolences to all of of Barbs family, she was a lady who put her heart and soul into everything she did. Her family was her joy and I was so happy for her when she retired and could spend more time with them. RIP Barb.

  7. With my deepest sympathies to Robert, Ian and their families. I truly enjoyed working with Barb. She worked hard alongside all of us. We knew how to have fun and we always included the residents. Take good care of yourselves. Big hugs 🫂

  8. I’m so sorry to hear of barbs passing, I had the pleasure of working next to barb, she showed so much love and compassion to the residents and staff, she will be greatly missed by all, my condolences to her family , they meant the world to her… RIP Barb💜

  9. Robert and Ian,
    We just learned of your mom’s passing and would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your families. Your mom was a lovely lady whom we had great respect for. We remember many great times and dancing at her wedding. Again we’re so sorry for your loss.
    Dorothy and Ken Payne

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