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Kirk, Barb

Barbara Kirk passed away in Lethbridge on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004, at the age of 41 years, a victim of a rare form of lung cancer which attacks young non-smoking women.
Barb was born in Pincher Creek, the youngest child of Garth and Joan Turcott, and sister to Brian and Gary Turcott.
She received her early education there, and went on to the University of Lethbridge, where she received a degree in biology.
However, travel was her first love beginning at age 14 when she went alone to Iceland for three months to trace her Icelandic heritage.
Subsequent travels took her all over the world, but her favourite area was the Middle East where she worked as an archaeologist on a kibbutz in Israel for two summers.
She continued her work in archaeology in Canada until she met β€œthe man of her dreams,” Cameron Kirk.
Barb and Cam were married in 1990 and bought a small ranch in the Spring Point district, west of Fort Macleod, where their two daughters, Molly, now 12, and Gabrielle, now nine, experienced the joys of rural life.
The river bottom was a favourite haunt of the family and they all spent many wonderful hours exploring the natural wonders along the river.
The ranch was sold in 2001 when they moved into Fort Macleod.
Barb was a trustee for Livingstone Range School Division, where she held the position of vice-chairman.
Barb worked at the Fort Museum as the collections manager, and she developed a keen interest in the history of the Fort Macleod area.
Prior to that she served on the board of the Friends of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump.
Barb was extremely artistic, with copper sculpture being her main medium. Her art form was most unique, and she had great success showing and marketing her work in Alberta, Montana and Arizona.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 β€” her birthday β€” at the United Church in Fort Macleod.

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