Barbara (Barb) DOBIE

Obituary of Barbara (Barb) Ann DOBIE

July 4, 1950 – Regina, Saskatchewan
April 27, 2021 – Calgary, Alberta

Barbara (Barb) Ann Dobie passed away peacefully in the presence of family in Calgary, AB, on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. 

Barb was born and raised in Regina, SK, where the importance of family and friends was introduced to her from an early age. Surrounded by siblings Dianne, Daphne, Ted and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, Barb could always be found in the middle of all the fun, ensuring everyone was enjoying themselves. Memories of special times spent at both Katepwa Lake and Waskesiu were held particularly dear to Barb.

After working for the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Program and CKCK TV, Barb’s professional life focused on working at universities. She was an administrative assistant in both Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Saskatchewan, and at the University of Regina’s College West. From there she became a coordinator of Cooperative Education and Internship first at the UofR and then at the University of Calgary. She completed her working career as the Director of Administration for the UofC’s Faculty of Law. Barb retired in 2005.

Barb loved hiking in the mountains, gardening and hosting fabulous dinners for family and friends. One of her greatest joys in the last years was the time she spent with her grandchildren Owen and Margot and, her grandnieces Sydney and Morgan.

Barb is survived by her loving husband Bill Holbrow, stepson David Holbrow, stepdaughter Kathryn Garton (Chris),  two grandchildren, Owen and Margot; siblings, Dianne Smith, Daphne Walsh (Phil), and Ted Dobie (Susan); and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Dr. Frederick (Ted) and Patricia Dobie (nee Alport).  

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Barbara’s obituary at

If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 - 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222., or to the Rosedale Hospice #1245 – 70 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2X8Telephone: (403) 284 – 5195.

Special thanks to those who graciously cared for Barb during her last days: Barb’s Family Doctor, Mark Joyce, Dr. Jose Monzon and staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Center, Dr. Russ Mills and Unit 47 at the Foothills Medical Centre, Pauline Yarmichuk and the Cochrane Palliative Homecare team, and Dr. Pickering and the staff at The Rosedale Hospice. 

In living memory of Barbara Dobie, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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