Barbara Skeslien passed away on Oct. 2, 2021, with family at her side at the Hospice House in Great Falls. No service is planned at this time.
She was born Oct. 13, 1949, in Park Falls, Wis., to Theresa (née Little) and John Bayuk. As a teen, Barb started working in the kitchen of the Dixie Inn. She then got a job at Mountain Bell as a telephone operator. She and Ed, her beloved husband of 43 years, farmed in Dunkirk until they retired.
In 1967, Barb and Ed married and were blessed with two children. Each Thursday, for 10 years, Barb took her mother, who never learned to drive, to the grocery store and the library. In doing so, she taught her daughters that books are as nourishing as food, as well as the importance of family.
Barb was an avid quilter and reader. She enjoyed being a member of the Triangle Squares Quit Guild. She took karate for seven years. She loved traveling and visited all 50 states, as well as 22 countries. Her favorite trip was to Alaska with her entire family.
She loved nature and planted over 200 trees from the Conservation Service. She made quilts to be given to children in ambulances. As a member of the Council of Catholic Women, she helped clean the church and prepared food for funeral services. She helped people, quietly making their most difficult days more bearable.
She is survived by her husband, Ed; her two daughters, Janet (Eddy) Skeslien Charles and Kathy (Andy) Skeslien; her two granddaughters, Thresa and Alivia Skeslien Jenkens; and her siblings, Diane Feland, Mike (Diane) Bayuk and Mary Beth (Steve) Gaub; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her younger brother, Robert Bayuk.
Donations can be made to Friends of the Toole County Library and Toole County Hospice.