Obituary of Barbara Joan Gillespie
September 17, 1949 - Burnaby, British Columbia
November 14, 2023 - Calgary, Alberta
In loving memory of Barbara Gillespie (nee Sheppard), of Calgary, Alberta, who passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at the age of 74.
Barb was born in Burnaby, BC, on September 17, 1949, and graduated from Burnaby South Secondary School. Barb’s journey led her to Calgary, where she encountered the love of her life, Clare, whom she married in 1978. With a creative spirit and an eye for beauty, Barb forged a fulfilling career as a floral designer and special events planner, leaving a lasting impact on the community she served. Barb dedicated several years to volunteering with the Community Kids Club and the Calgary Round-up Band, alongside her two daughters, creating cherished memories and leaving an indelible mark on those she worked with. She was a woman of many passions, and among them, her love for horses and travel stood out. Istanbul held a special place in her heart as the backdrop to one of her most unforgettable adventures. Her heart belonged to the mountains and the ocean, where she felt most connected.
Barbara is survived by her daughters, Cindy (Arnie) Geisler and Kim (Andy) Holdaway; sons Ivan (Gwen) Jack and Robert Gillespie; and her beloved grandchildren, Savannah, Brianna (Ethan), Jordan (Brandon), Carter, Courtney (Braydon), Cody, Tyler, Chase, Kyla and Brody. Her great-grandchildren Chayson, Ryder, Rowdy, and Emmet brought immeasurable joy to her life. She is also survived by her brother Rob (Cheryl) Sheppard, and their son Scott (Erica) and their three children. She was also lovingly supported by the Gillespie family. Barb was preceded in death by her spouse, Clare, and her parents, Robert and Helen Sheppard.
Barbara's legacy lives on in the hearts of those who knew her, as a woman of warmth, creativity, and unwavering love for her family and friends. May her memory bring comfort and solace during this difficult time. The family welcomes friends and loved ones to join them in a celebration of Barb's life at Lutheran Church Lord of All (112 Lakeside Blvd, Strathmore, AB) on Saturday, November 25, 2023, at 2:30 p.m. Reception to follow at the church. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed with Barb’s family here.
In living memory of Barb Gillespie, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.