Barbara May Louhela


Barbara May Louhela
July 5, 1938-November 12,2023

Lori, Terry and Kathy are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved mother Barbara May Louhela. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones.
She was predeceased by her husband Gary Louhela, her parents Myron and Lillie Crosbie, and her brother Kenny.

She leaves to mourn her beloved daughters Lori Louhela (Dave Chapman), Terry Louhela (Houde), Kathy (Syl) Kucher, grandsons Tyler and Adam Houde, and sister Lorna Smith (Crosbie). Mom also leaves to mourn the family and close friends she gathered throughout her life.

Mom was born in Rocky Mountain House and spent the majority of her life in the Bow Valley. After marrying, Mom & Dad lived in Canmore while raising their family.

As kids growing up in Canmore our home was often full. Everyone seemed to gravitate there, as Moms’s door was always open. She made it a safe place to land for whoever needed it.

Throughout her life, family and friends were drawn to her because of her beautiful smile, her warmth and her sense of humour. Her big heart, words of advice (even when unsolicited) and spunky spirit always invited you in for that hug.

Nothing made Mom happier than having her “three chicks” by her side. We had a special bond that others frequently commented on. Whenever that happened we would look at her, smile, and say “yes we do”. We were truly blessed.

Ty and Adam are so very fortunate to have had their “Grams” be such an integral part of their early lives. Her endless love and strong influence helped them become the young men they are today. She was so proud of them and they will miss her immensely.

Mom was so fortunate to have had the best, most compassionate medical teams, including Dr Michelle Paradis and her amazing staff at Snowy Owl Medical Clinic and Dr Michael Wong of the hematology clinic at the PLC. The staff at Rockyview Lodge were like family. Mom formed special bonds that will not be forgotten. The palliative care teams guided us through difficult times with kindness. We could not have navigated this journey without you all.

At moms request there will be no funeral service. A celebration of her life is being planned for the spring of 2024.

Mom had many causes she held close to her heart. If you chose, make a donation in Moms memory to one you hold close to yours.

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Dean Stevenson

So sorry to hear about Barb’s passing. She was one the coolest “moms” in Canmore while I was growing up. I really got to know her well when I was working for her at Roy Bray’s grocery in the lates 1970’s delivering groceries and stocking shelves and learning a “good lesson” or two. We would like to pass on our condolences to Kathy, Lori and Terry and the rest of Barb’s extended family, loved ones and her many friends. Thoughts and prayers to all of you, Dean and Cindy Stevenson.

Tina Fitzgerald

Lori, Terry and Kathy. I am so so sorry for your loss. Barb is going to leave a big hole in all of your lives, but you are so lucky to have each other. Barb was like another mom to me and I will always think of her with a smile and a laugh. Rest in Peace Barb.

Susan Jurawleff

So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. A very Special Lady will be missed. You are all in my Thoughts & Prayers. Susan Jurawleff & Family