Barbara Anne (Guier) Dahl was born in Nipawin in the old Hospital, across from the Lutheran Church, on September 9, 1942. Barbara was the fourth child of Ernest and Lillian Guier. Barbara was raised in the Blue Spruce District. She spent time with her Dad at this trap line, drawing on whatever she could find. She loved nature. She loved playing and caring for her little sisters, Helen and Debbie, and picking berries with her older sisters Dorothy and Norma. She relished her memories of her mother, singing and cooking. They went to church together in a small country church, where she was baptized. That church was located in the back yard of the home she leaves behind. Barb went to school in the Blue Spruce School District, and finished grade eleven in White Fox. She moved to Nipawin in 1959 to work with the Royal Bank.
Barb’s true life story began when she met Thobby in 1957, at the age of 14. They married November 21, 1959. They immediately left for New York, to set sail for Norway for a 3 month honeymoon. They came back to the White Fox area, to begin their life together. They started their family with SuSanne, followed by Sonja and later with Kevin.
In 1970, a tragic fire consumed their home Christmas Day, destroying their possessions but not their dedication to the life they were building together and for their family. New Years after the fire, Barb started drawing their new home they ended up building in 1975; a home they cherished for the rest of their lives. They were an unbreakable team of love and family devotion.
That home supplied free coffee to anyone that came to the door. Everyone was invited in for coffee, cookies, a meal, and no one ever left hungry. Barb was a very traditional person, taking comfort in giving over receiving. Christmas Eve was a huge celebration of traditional Norwegian dishes, baking and lefsa, sometimes taking a month to prepare in advance.
Barbara was a great mother, and her children were a constant source of pride and accomplishment. As a grandmother, she snuggled everyone with stories, hugs, good night kisses, and countless batches of GB’s. (Grandma’s buns) Sleepovers were celebrated in the mornings with either Norwegian Pancakes or Waffles for breakfast.
Barbara started a correspondence course with Art Instruction Schools prior to the fire. After the fire, they resent all of her course materials to allow her to continue her art studies. She received her General Art, Advertising and Illustrating Certificates. She also painted signs, billboards, logos, letterheads, cards, portraits and scenery working in all mediums including watercolor, acrylic, oils, pencil, ink, charcoal and pastels. She actively supported Duck’s Unlimited and later her own company, Dahl’s Art Productions. Her In-Home Galley showcased some of her fine artwork, displaying birds and wildlife she loved. Barb’s artwork can also be found throughout Canada, the US and several countries in Europe.
Barbara lived her life honestly, guided by her love, devotion and loyalty to her family, and her faith in God.
Barbara was a vibrant, generous soul. She was kind and compassionate, and a steadfast friend. She was quick to smile, greeting everyone with a cheerful hug. Her memory will be cherished by all her friends and family.
Barbara leaves to mourn her daughters SuSanne and Sonja, her son Kevin and daughter-in-law Renae, and six grandchildren Jordan, Shelby, Carter, Cole, Teigan, and Levi. Her sisters, Dorothy Wark, Norma McLean, Helen Croissant,
Debbie (Darwin) Parkinson, and numerous friends she considered as family.
Barbara is pre-deceased by her brother Gordon (infant), father Ernie Guier, mother Lillian Guier, and her husband, Thorbjorn Dahl.