Barbara Ann McManus, age 86, of Stratford passed away peacefully at the Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth on Friday, September 3, 2021. Born in Southwold Township, daughter of the late Roy and Cora (Bronson) Olsen. Lovingly remembered by her husband Barry McManus of 61 years. Beloved mother of Bradley (Yvonne), Kirk (Linda), and Kerry McManus (John Hishon). Loving grandmother of six grandsons: James, Jonathan (Cion), Thomas (Hailey), Simon, Mitchell and Jack. Faithful sister to Wilma Williams, and Janet (Denny) Lang. Deeply missed by her family Vivian Thompson, Milton and Margaret Joan McManus and Allan McManus. Predeceased by Hamilton and Ruby McManus, Glen Williams, Barry Thompson and Helen McManus. Her spirit will always be remembered by her nieces and nephews and countless friends. Barbara graduated from St. Joseph’s school of nursing in 1956. Her nursing career included a range of venues including the Operating Room, industry, community and long term care. She drove countless students to school with Stratford Coach Lines. Travelling with Barry, they made lifelong friends on their adventures. Many summers included trips north with her family to enjoy time at the lake. Her hobbies included cribbage, gardening and handiwork of many kinds. She was proud of her time as a Canadian Girls In Training leader. Singalongs were richer because of her zest and animated harmonies. Known for her quick wit and boundless compassion, Barb brought joy and comfort to those blessed to know her. The many kindnesses shown to Barbara will long be remembered. Friends may gather with the family at the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Friday, September 10, 2021 from 4 – 6 pm. Provincial Regulations will be followed. A public memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 3 pm at Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Avenue, Stratford. Those wishing to attend the visitation and/or service must call or email the funeral home to schedule or confirm their attendance. To join the service from home, please follow the view livestream link below Barbara’s obituary on the funeral home website. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth or the Spruce Lodge Activity Fund through the funeral home. 519.271.7411


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