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Born: Dec 29, 1941

Date of Passing: Jan 12, 2020

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December 29, 1941 – January 12, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we let Mom go to be with our Dad on January 12, 2020.
Barbara was born December 29, 1941 in Russell, MB to parents, John and Anne Collins of Roblin, MB. She was their second child and beloved daughter.
Barb and brother Gerald grew up in Roblin and attended Goose Lake Collegiate. She continued her education at the University of Manitoba. She graduated in 1963 from the Faculty of Home Economics and also obtained her teaching degree. In 1967, she married Ronald Manns of Carberry, MB and they began their married life together in Winnipeg. Barb taught until daughter Tricia was born in 1971, and then daughter Nola followed in 1974. She returned to teaching in the 1980s as a substitute teacher in the St. James School Division.
Barb was a wonderful sewer, artist, baker, and cook. She volunteered for many committees and school activities including the annual dance recitals for Karen Luba School of Dance. In the 1990s, she found a passion for porcelain painting. She was very artistic and made many beautiful pieces.
She curled for many years with the various ladies' leagues at the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club and served more than one term as president. Even in later years and after two knee replacements, she continued to curl. With her new bionic knees, she began curling in both the two person stick league and the regular ladies league. She had many friends from the AMCC and will be missed greatly by them.
In 1996, daughter Tricia married Steve Livingston and Barb gained a son. In 1999, grandson Tyler was born followed by granddaughter Jillian in 2002. Her grandchildren were the world to her and she did everything for them. They called her Nana and so did many of their friends.
Barb and Ron had cottages at Pelican Lake, first at Y Point then later at Cow Point. She will be missed by all her lake friends as well.
Barb is survived by daughters, Tricia and Nola; and grandchildren, Tyler and Jillian; her brother Gerald (Maxine); sisters-in-law, Marjorie Hay and Muriel (Les) Watts. As well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
She was predeceased by her parents; her beloved husband Ron; son-in-law Steve; and by brothers-in-law, Ken Hay and James Manns.
Barb's Celebration of Life will be held at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
The family wished to thank Dr. H. Gooi for his care of mom for many years and the hard working and dedicated staff at St. Boniface Hospital, especially the ACCU and ICMS wards.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.

For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit

Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 18, 2020

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Our condolences on the passing of Barbara. She will be missed on the curling ice and our club. - Posted by: Assiniboine Memorial Ladies Curling (fellow curlers) on: Feb 03, 2020

  • Tricia & Nola, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I recall a childhood full of wonderful memories involving your family at Pelican Lake. My thoughts are with you. - Posted by: Adam Henwood (Friend) on: Jan 23, 2020

  • Tricia and Nola, I am so sorry for your loss, your family has always been such an important part of the many fond memories we share of curling, your dad and “Goose” and of course Pelican Lake. Your mom was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed by many. Just know we are thinking of you and send our love to you both along with hugs. Love, Karen, Greer, Carrie and Janis - Posted by: Karen Gislason and family (Friends ) on: Jan 21, 2020

  • I only knew Barbara from following several of my seminars. I remember her as a good painter who was eager to learn new techniques and as one that loved the art with a passion and loved her painting buddies. RIP Barbara. You are now painting with the angels. Sol - Posted by: Sol Brien (Porcelain painting teacher) on: Jan 20, 2020

  • Dear Tricia and Nola and Families, Your Mom meant the world to me. She was a neighbour of my Grandma's and was the 1st Dance Parent that I ever had. Barbara started taking Tricia to Dance when I was a student teacher back in 1975. When I started Kari's Kuties Dance Classes at KWCC in 1978 Mrs Mann and Tricia were first on my list. Mrs Mann was with me until I moved in 1988. There was nothing that she couldn't do. She sewed, she helped others learn to sew she helped back stage and I know she stayed on for many years after I left. When I was back to celebrate with Karen Luba for her 25th year in business in 2013 - there was Barbara Mann - with her big smile and willing attitude! We had our photo taken together and that was the last time I saw her. Barbara will always have a special place in my heart and so will Tricia and Nola! We are never ready to say good bye to the those we love. Hugs to you both! Love you! Kari Lee (Angell) Clark - Posted by: Karen Clark (Friend) on: Jan 18, 2020

  • Our deepest regrets...always looked forward to meeting Barb on her walks around Westwood area. Still remember her in her lovely blue dress in our backyard at Jen's wedding. Barb was a loving, caring person and she made the world a better place to be.. Warmest wishes to Nola, and to Tricia and family. Fred and Vivian Penner - Posted by: Fred and Vivian Penner (friends and neighbours) on: Jan 18, 2020

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