Barbara Leah Coles

September 16, 1938 to May 14, 2017


It is with great sadness that the family of Barbara Leah Coles (nee Sheppard) announces her passing on May 14, 2017 at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital at the age of 78. Barbara was such a kind and loving woman with a generous heart and she will be so greatly missed by her family and friends. She leaves to mourn, with precious memories of a wonderful life together, her husband of 53 years, Baxter. Her daughter Karen (Ron) Howell, two sons, Keith (Dawn) and David and her three grandchildren whom she dearly loved, Emily and Sarah Howell and Alexander Coles. Her sister Pauline (Bob) MacAdam, her brothers Wally (Trudy) Sheppard, Doug (Betty) Sheppard and Ray (Sheila) Sheppard and sister-in-law Ivy (Melvin) Farwell. She was predeceased by her dear parents Ralph and Effie Sheppard, her brother Ron (Barbara) and her sister Marguerite McKenna. Also leaving to mourn many special nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Resting at Carnell’s funeral home, 329 Freshwater Rd. With visitation on Tues. May 16 from 7-9 pm and Wed. May 17 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. Funeral service will take place on Thursday May 18 at 2pm at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 203 Logy Bay Rd. Interment to follow at the Anglican cemetery on Kenmount Road. In lieu of flowers you may prefer to make a donation to the charity of your choice in Barbara’s name. T



7-9 p.m. on May 16, 2017

2-4 p.m. on May 17, 2017

7-9 p.m. on May 17, 2017

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Thursday May 18th

St. Mark's Anglican Church
203 Logy Bay Rd, St. John's

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To Baxter and family,
Our deepest sympathy is extended to all of you. My parents always always spoke of you dear folks.
Crossing the kilometers and thinking of you.

I am so sorry for your loss. Aunt Barb was a beautiful lady and a lifelong friend of our family. Hugs from Mona Lisa nee Buffett

Our sincerest sympathies to the Cole family. Barbara and I played bridge for many years and we always enjoyed her company

Dear Baxter, Karen, Keith, David and family,

I’m so very saddened to hear about Barbara’s passing. I have many fond memories from childhood. I loved our visits every summer and remember how kind and openhearted Barbara always was to me.

She was always kind to everyone and her personality lives on through you guys, her children.

Sincere Condolences from myself and my mother, Marion.

Much love dear cousins,
Elaine and Marion Leggo

Uncle Bax, Karen, Keith and David,

We’ve been thinking of you so much over the past few days….saying prayers and fondly remembering our darling Aunt Barbara. She touched so many people, so impactfully, with her kind and loving ways.

I’m so sorry for your loss.

Take care.


Andrea, Cole, Luke and Brooke xox

to Keith and the Coles family: So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing..Please accept our deepest sympathy.

Gene and Golda Mercer

Baxter and the Coles Family,

So sorry to hear of Barbaras passing, she was a wonderfully soft and loving woman. My dear Mother will be saddened yet delighted to see her in Heaven!
Our most sincere thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.

I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Coles passing. My thoughts are with you all at this sad time.. My sincere condolences and sympathy.
I really got to meet your her on her visit to Australia and her ready smile and genuine kindness will always be my memory or her.
Remembering all the good times and great adventures you had as a family will keep her in your heart always.
Sending my love and hugs.

Karen, Ron & Family,

We were so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. Hold tight to all the wonderful memories and she will live in your heart forever. Wishing you strength and peace in the days ahead.

Debbie, Ralph, Chelsey & Claire

My deepest sympathy to Uncle Baxter ,David ,Keith and family,Karen and family and all Aunt Barbara’s brothers and sister and families . She has left a void in many of our hearts and I will always remember her for her generosity,kindness and so much willingness to help others in time of need . She will always be my special Aunt and in my heart forever . God bless you all and her . With heartfelt sympathy,Rose

I remember Miss Sheppard when she taught at Canon Richard’s High School when I was a Grade 11 student in 1961-62.. She was such a lovely person.
Years later after I graduated from University I met her in St. Johns on a few occasions when she was Mrs.Coles and she was still the fine person that I observed in high school. She was ahead of her time in how she related to students and former students. I had such respect for her. May she rest in peace.

We’re very sorry for you loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
With heavy Hearts! The Hedges Family

Baxter, Doug and family,
We are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Volker and Annette (Noseworthy) Lange.

I was so very sorry to hear of Aunt Barbara’s passing. She truly was the most kind and generous person. I fondly remember our visits in both Newfoundland and Alberta. She could never do enough for you, such a wonderful lady. She will be greatly missed. We are Thinking of you all. May your memories bring you comfort.
Love Dawn And Ray

Dear Uncle Baxter, Karen and family, Keith and family and David. We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Barbara’s passing. I will always remember what a kind and loving person she was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Uncle Baxter and your wonderful family. God Bless and take care.

Love Miriam, Hubert and Family

So very sorry to hear of Aunt Barbara’s passing. Her kind heart will forever be in my memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Uncle Baxter, Karen and family, Keith and family and David. God Bless you all and cherish the precious memories you have.

Love Dale, Carl, Danielle, and Stephanie Brown

So sad to hear of Barbara passing . We will always remember her kindness and friendship . Lots of wonderful memories . Our thoughts and prayers are with you Baxter, Karen, Keith, David and Wally, Doug, Pauline, Ray.

So sadden and sorry to hear about the passing of Aunt Barb, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time, stay strong and hold her memories dear. We will sure miss Aunt Barb the next time we visit St. Johns. Take Care

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. You will live in our hearts forever.