Barbara McGOWAN (nee Johnston)

The family of Barbara McGowan (nee Johnston) sadly

share the news of her recent passing. Barbara was born

in Quesnel in 1930, into the pioneering Johnston family

of the Cariboo. Barbara and her brother Bill moved with

their parents to Wells when their father took a job at

the Cariboo Gold Quartz Mine. Barbara was an avid

skier and badminton player during those early years,

and she always spoke fondly of her childhood in Wells.

Barbara met her future husband Bill McGowan in high

school, and they graduated together from the Wells

High School Class of 1948. Barbara then attended the

St. Paul’s Hospital School of Nursing in Vancouver, and

graduated in 1953. Barbara and Bill married later that

year, and then moved to Hazelton to open the Up To

Date Store and to begin their life together. Their fi ve

children were born in Hazelton, and they were both

very involved in the community.

In 1978 Barbara moved to Smithers, where she lived

until 2013 when she moved to Kelowna. She passed

away peacefully with family by her side on September

25, 2016.

Barbara was predeceased by her fi rst husband Bill

McGowan, her second husband Jim Hutter, her brother

Bill Johnston, her son Michael McGowan, and her

daughter Heather Couturier. She is survived by her

son Bill McGowan (Loree), her daughter Catherine

McGowan, and her daughter Margaret Olmstead (Dan),

as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

We remember our mother as incredibly strong, talented,

independent, accomplished, and full of that pioneering


A Celebration of Life will be held next summer when all

of our family can be together.

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