02 Jan 1930 – 24 March 2007
After a brief illness, Barbara McGavin passed away peacefully at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Barb was predeceased by her son, Neil Allen McGavin (1974), her husband Robert Allen McGavin (1997), and three sisters, Celia Brown (Edmonton), Patricia Smith (Edmonton), and Evelyn Stewart (Burnaby). Barb is survived by loving daughter Jennifer McGavin (Wayne Jones) of Vernon and sister Gwen Moir (Edmonton) as well as her oldest and dearest friend, Diane Barkwill (Vernon), and many nieces and nephews who loved their Auntie Barb.
Barb was a down to earth person in most ways, but she also had a deep-seated creative streak that led her to dabble in needlework and gourmet cooking. She subscribed to Bon Appetit and Gourmet magazines for over 30 years, and catered special occasions for special people in her life. Barb was always interested in a new ‘taste sensation’ and she sold home-style and out-of-the-ordinary jams, jellies and pickles at the Vernon Farmers’ Market for several years. But Barb’s biggest love after her family was gardening, where again she liked to be creative and grow different plants as well as the ‘standards’ she knew from her father’s garden. The relentless advance of crippling arthritis painfully restricted her activities in the last few years, forcing her into the frustrating role of observer – NOT any easy fit for her! She reluctantly gave up her Coldstream home and garden last year, moving into assisted living. Again, not an easy fit. Despite the pain of her loss, it is reassuring to know that her aches & frustrations have finally ended.
Heartfelt Thank-Yous go out to the many medical and support staff who attended to Mom over the years: Physios, OTs, Rehab Assistants, Lab & Imaging personnel, ambulance attendants, acute & community care nurses and care aides – Thank You for your patience and caring. A big thanks to Dr. Al Richardson, who treated Mom with humour and compassion. There are no thank-yous big enough for Dr. Dave Arnold, whose caring & honesty shone through thick & thin. He always allowed Mom to be herself – she trusted and adored you!
Cremation. No service. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Barb’s life will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in Barb’s memory to the VJH Foundation or to the charity of your choice.
The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth –
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
See ya later, O.B.O.D.!