Barbara Stewart nee Gehle (1914-1986) was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. She moved to Vancouver shortly after her father died and got work as a domestic and then as a waitress. She worked at Love’s Cafe, Melrose Cafe, and Garbo Restaurant where loggers and fishers regularly ate. She met her husband, a Scottish-immigrant and boilermaker, William Angus Stewart (1912-1974), through the Hotel Restaurant and Employees Union. She became Secretary of the HREU in 1943 and later Business Agent.