Barbara REED

Barbara Hough Reed (1925-2009) Barb – a wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend touched all who came near with her warm heart & kind ways. Barb had a remarkable ability to let each of us know we are special. Barb passed away March 22 with her sister and two of her daughters sharing her journey. She will be missed by many including her sister Billie Williamson; children Kathi (Doug), Don (Rachel), Nancy, Maureen (Bruce), grandchildren Kelsey, Kimberley, Jeffrey, Aaron, Zarina, Louis, Michael; brothers & sister-in-laws Don, Aubrey and Bev; 12 nieces & nephews and many, many friends. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 52 years, Gordon, in 2007. Barb was born in Prescott, Ontario, under the lucky star of the 5th day of the 5th month of 1925, the fifth child of George and Olive Williamson. She grew up in the Dunbar area in Vancouver where she attended Lord Byng Secondary School. She married Gordon Reed in 1952 and settled with him in Nelson (1952-1955) after which they returned to Vancouver. As an active member of the United Church, Barb shared her time, energy and expertise at West Point Grey and Dunbar Heights (Vancouver) and Summerland United Churches. She also served as secretary, program convener, vice-chair and chair of the Vancouver Presbyterial. Barb was an active reader and listener, quilter, family beacon and steadfast friend. In many ways, Barb’s contributions to the quilting world were examples of how she led her life – with close attention to detail, taking care to right any errors and, in the end, stitching together a tender work of art. She leaves us to carry on her caring spirit and interest in those whose lives we touch. Barb spent her last two years living at Summerland Seniors Village where she made many new friends. We deeply thank the staff for their caring ways, Drs. Mack and Krabbie for their attention, Kent Israel for his wisdom and all who shared their care and compassion for Barb’s well being. There will be a service of remembrance held Saturday, April 11, 2:00pm at the Summerland United Church, 13204 Henry Ave. Summerland, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Summerland United Church.

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