October 6, 1929 – October 19, 2019
In the early morning hours of Oct. 19th, Monica Jean Barber passed away at the Polson Extended Care Unit where she had been under their dedicated care for a short time.
This was the ninety years, almost to the day, since she was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Her proud parents were Faith (nee Bennett) and Wilson Norris. Early on in her life Monica was given the responsibility to look after others when she had to keep an eye on her brother who was prone to wander across the prairie fields.
The family moved to Grandview Flats, Spallumcheen in the fall of 1939. The school Monica attended was in Armstrong. At an early age Monica, along with other young neighbours, picked potatoes for the local Farmers. Working at a fruit packing house in Naramata gave Monica a taste for adventure and in her teens she left for Vancouver in search for adventure, excitement and work. She was soon employed at the White Lunch Cafe on Hastings St. At that time this area was an important shopping centre with the Woodwards store just across the street.
It was in Vancouver where Monica met Gordon Barber. They were married on the 5th of May 1951. Shortly after their marriage the young couple moved to Grandview Flats where they bought a home. After a short time as a farmer, Gordon found employment at a local lumber mill. Monica and Gordon raised a family, cultivated a large vegetable garden and sold eggs from a large flock of hens.
In her spare time, Monica made quality quilts and knitted to add to the garden produce which they sold at the Vernon Farmer’s Market. Her three brothers and their families enjoyed the great hospitality of Monica and Gordon many times.
Monica was a stay-at-home person but on occasion she like to visit the Casinos in Reno and the one in Vernon.
Rest in peace Monica, you will be missed.
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