August 6, 2023
In loving memory ~
With great sadness, we announce the passing of Sandie (Agnes) Barnes, peacefully and surrounded by family. Sandie was proudly independent, often beyond her physical capabilities at 94 years of age. She had a big smile and a sense of humour until the end.
Family meant everything to Sandie. She was the youngest daughter in a family of 11—the children of Swedish immigrants homesteading on the prairies near Medicine Hat, AB. Sandie remained close to most of her siblings, often hosting family get-togethers. Her interest in family history inspired her to reach out to Swedish relatives, creating new bonds that will continue for the next generations.
Perhaps because of her "humble beginnings" on the farm, Sandie loved city life in Calgary. It was there that she met Bill, her husband of 66 years. His career took them to Regina, where they started their family. She was a doting wife and mother of two daughters, and she only returned to work once the children were older. She particularly enjoyed her last job with Western Electric and her volunteer work with the Alberta Historical Society.
In retirement, Sandie and Bill moved to Sorrento, then Vernon. She enjoyed travelling, learning to play the organ, researching family history, walking, and looking for treasures in clothing consignment stores. She especially loved visits from her grandchildren, and they all have great memories, including freshly made cinnamon buns. The Vernon Lawn Bowling Club was a big part of Sandie's life for many years.
Sandie was predeceased by her husband, Bill in 2019, all 10 of her siblings and their spouses, and many friends. She will be greatly missed by daughters Debbie (Bob) Clarke and Teresa (Cam) Kernahan, and by her five grandchildren Kelly, Kyle (Johanna), Hillary (Robbie), Sydney (Dave), and Austin, and four current great-grandchildren (Keira, Isla, Jack, and Henry).
Sandie truly appreciated the care provided by numerous caregivers and medical staff over the years. In lieu of flowers, consider honouring one of Sandie's last words of advice, "Take care of your body". Bill and Sandie will be reunited in interment in Calgary, and a private celebration of life will be held in October.