1928 – 2015
Barbara approached life as theatre. An amateur actor for many years, she brought a level of performance to many of her experiences and relationships. Friends and family members were familiar with her penchant for breaking into song or recitation when a particular remark reminded her of a song or a poem. She was sought out at gatherings for her wicked sense of humour, for her thoughtful conversation, and for her deep knowledge of so many things. A special interest lay in the geography and history of various areas of BC, to which she had travelled extensively over many years. Always wondering what lay over the next hill, “Life was a kick”, as Mom would say.
Mom was also an intensely private person. Her Pouce Coupe pioneer upbringing taught circumspection, humility, and a sense of responsibility to those less fortunate than she. Quietly and privately, she supported people in need in every community she lived in. More openly she lived her convictions about social justice through her involvement with many organizations devoted to caring for the environment and the disadvantaged.
As a teacher for over 25 years Barbara inspired students in Trail, in the Peace River Country, in Powell River, and in Chilliwack. The opportunity for a new start, whether with a new class or a new community, fed her inner spirit for exploration and adventure. Students thrived on her infectious, theatrical delivery in English, Social Studies and French classes. Many times over the years former students would seek her out to let her know that she was the best teacher they ever had, and she was unfailingly proud to be remembered in this way.
Barbara was predeceased by sisters Lillian, May and Shirley, and husband Walt. She is survived by children Jan (K.C.), Peter (Julie), Jill (Tom), Jacquie (Darren), 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, plus many nieces and nephews, and great friends stretching from the Peace River country, to Nanaimo, to 100 Mile House, and across Canada. All have stories to tell about their times with Mom/Nan/Barbara.
Our Mom died in her own home, in her own bed, on her own terms. She was a deeply spiritual person, whose beliefs were honed through years of intellectual curiosity and exploration. She was not afraid. We were awed by her courage and spirit, and we learned to be brave by example. She is deeply missed.
Memorial Services celebrating Barbara Dalby’s life and legacy will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at the 100 Mile House United Church, 43 Dogwood Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations to the 100 Mile District Hospice Palliative Care Society would honour their tremendous support and compassion to our family. The family would particularly like to thank Dr. Joanne Lapin and home health nurse Kristen Carmont whose empathy and tenderness made the essential difference.
100 Mile Funeral Service Ltd.
entrusted with the arrangements. 250-395-3243
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