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Barbara Rowsell-Arnup

Barb Rowsell-Arnup

Sunday, October 18, 2020

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Obituary for Barb Rowsell-Arnup

Rowsell-Arnup, Barbara Lois

With sadness, we say goodbye to Barbara Rowsell-Arnup, who died on October 18, 2020 at Peterborough Retirement Residence, age 91.

Born Barbara Hale in Montreal, she spent her childhood in Sussex and Woodstock, New Brunswick and Beaverton, Ontario. She began her career in downtown Toronto where she met her husband, Baxter Rowsell. They married in 1950 and built a wonderful life together. Her mother, Lois, declared that Barb had found “the nicest man in Canada”. They raised three children: Brian (Patty), Jim (Karen) and Jane O’Brien (Stewart). Baxter’s career took the family to Toronto, Vancouver, Scarborough, London, Markham and Unionville. Barb made friends in each of these places but her lifelong friendships with Aileen Nodwell and Merle Todd were among the highlights of her life. Baxter passed away in 1987.

The next chapter of Barbara’s life began in 1989 when she married Dr. Bill Arnup and moved to Lindsay, Ontario. Bill and Barb spent 22 years together. Winters were spent in Florida and summers in Lindsay. They could often be found at the golf course, lawn bowling club or around the barbecue on the condo balcony. She treasured the relationships with her step-children: Patty (predeceased), Ian, Donna Leslie (Terry), and Rob. Bill passed away in 2011.

Barb was the proud grandmother of Karen, Scott, Jessica (Ryan), Lisa (Julie), Kristi (Dave), Kevin (Holly) and Lynn (Fraser); and step-grandma to Joe (Megan), Will, Valerie (JT), Bill (Sarah) and Corrie. She was grateful for seven great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.

Barb is fondly remembered by sisters-in-law Pauline Hale, Joan Hale and Barbara Profitt; step-sister Joan Westcott (Bill), and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers William Hale, Dr. James Hale, Rev. Malcolm Profitt and brothers-in-law Dr. Roy Rowsell (Blaikie) and Dr. Harry Rowsell (Anne).

Barb was generous, fun-loving, and feisty, and her heart was filled with unconditional love for her family.

In keeping with Barb's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be a private family service held at a later date. If desired, memorial donations to Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada or Kawartha Lakes Food Source would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mackey Funeral Home, 33 Peel Street, Lindsay. Online donations and condolences may be made at www.mackeys.ca.

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    Elmwood Cemetery
    6150 Highway 7
    Markham, Ontario
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Merilyn Junkin

Dear Jane.
So sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved Mom. I know your precious memories will sustain you in the coming weeks. My thoughts are with you at this time.
Merilyn Junkin
Comment | Posted at 12:43pm via Condolence

Jane O'Brien

Thank you very much for your thoughtful message, Merilyn. I really appreciate hearing from you.
Posted at 03:37pm

Christina Ellicock

Barbara was a lovely woman with a great spirit. She will be missed.
Comment | Posted at 10:33am via Condolence

Andrew Milner

Condolences and best wishes from Andrew Milner, on behalf of my parents Peter and Brenda. Hello to Rob, Donna and Ian, whom I remember well!
Comment | Posted at 05:11pm via Condolence

Jane O'Brien

Thank you very much Andrew, from Jane and Stewart. We knew your parents from church, the neighbourhood and from their many community activities. We always speak of them as we walk by their house. My mom and Bill enjoyed their friendship with Peter and Brenda very much.
Posted at 09:04am

Deb Thomas

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Barb’s wonderful family! She was a special lady who was loved by so many. My parents ( Howard and Aileen Nodwell) will always have a special place in their heart for her❤️! She certainly lived life to the fullest and will be missed !!
Deb Thomas ( Nodwell) and Rob Thomas
Comment | Posted at 04:24pm via Condolence

R. Stokes

Jane and family
I am sorry to hear of your Mother's passing.
I met her a few times with Dr. Arnup and they certainly enjoyed their time together.
I trust the many memories of times past will bring peace to your hearts in the days ahead.
Ralph Stokes
Comment | Posted at 04:01pm via Condolence

Jane O'Brien

Thank you so much, Ralph, for your thoughtful message. It is great to hear from you. Very much appreciated.
Posted at 09:13am

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