RUMSON, Barbara (Barb) Born on June 24, 1931 in Montreal, Quebec, passed away very peacefully in Victoria, BC on November 22, 2022. She was a dedicated, loving, and inspiring special education and elementary education teacher, school librarian, published author, volunteer, mother, and grandmother.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University, a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Calgary, and a Diploma in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in School Libraries from the University of Calgary. Barbara loved working with children as a teacher and librarian for over twenty years. Her motto was “Kids are Worth It,” and she lovingly lived this motto every day.

Barbara was an avid volunteer both throughout her career and for over twenty years after retiring. She was also an avid reader and lifelong learner, having earned additional certificates and diplomas in several areas including chemistry, interior design, Pitman shorthand, cookery, French dressmaking, and writing for children and teenagers. Further information about Barbara may be found at

Barbara is and will be greatly missed by her children, Wanda A. and Gordon A., and their spouses, John and Kate; her grandchildren, Wanda B., Lorraine, and Adrian, and many others whose hearts and minds she enriched and who enriched her. A Celebration of Life was conducted by Father Rolf Hasenack O.P. on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 9:00am in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens with immediate family in attendance and remote attendance via Zoom.

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McCall Gardens

  • Stacey Shibley

    I’m saddened to hear of the passing of my very best teacher I ever had, I have been looking for her for many years and have wondered what ever became of her. I knew she moved to BC, but after that I lost track of her. Her daughter Wanda knows who I am very well. Barb talked very much of her big white dog when she was my teacher here in Calgary. She was my teacher at Dr. Norman Bethune, then at William Roper Hull Home. I wish I could have gotten a hold of her before, but I’m sure she is in a good place now. Should her family see this, especially her daughter Wanda, Wanda please call me, I’d love to say hello to you again, and just catch up on missed time. My name is Stacey Shibley, maybe you will remember me? I sure loved your mom, and she will be forever in my heart. She also knew my mother Betty Jean as well, sad to say that I lost my mother in August of 2017. I hope you and your family are well.

    Stacey Shibley Calgary

  • Tom

    She’s was such an amazing woman. May she live forever more in paradise. God bless and condolences.

  • Gordon Campbell

    I am very sad to learn of my Aunt Barbara’ passing.She was a gracious lady, and force of nature.
    I knew little about her various gifting-writing, teaching, learning – but I admired her tenacious will and drive to achieve.
    I’mm certain she has impacted the lives of many of her students, family, and friends in many positive ways. She will be missed and leaves an un-fillable hole for some people, I am sure.
    She, and her husband, my Uncle Gordon, both were inspirational people in my life and I miss them both.
    Blessings to Wanda and Gordon, and their families,

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