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Barbara Thomason

March 20, 1933 - September 29, 2019



March 20, 1933 – September 29, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Barbara Jeanne Thomason, on Sunday, September 29th, 2019 at the age of 86, in Mission, BC at TRIM (The Residence in Mission). 

Barbara was predeceased by her loving husband Cliff in 2016.  She is survived by and will be greatly missed by her son, George (Amrit) Thomason; grandchildren Amanda & Ryan and; daughter, Jennifer (Ken) Robin; grandchildren Brianna Senft, Rebecca (Stephen) Green, Tyler Senft, Jeremy Robin & Devan Robin.

Barbara was born on March 20, 1933 (First Day of Spring) to Reginald and Victoria (Cora) Petty in Vancouver, BC.  Barbara is predeceased by both parents as well as her brother James Petty and sister Audrie Appleby.

Barbara grew up in Vancouver and spent early adulthood working as a secretary in downtown Vancouver.  At the age of 21, Barbara travelled to England and spent the year touring and visiting with family members.  In 1958 Barbara married Cliff Thomason and made their home in Clayburn Village on a dairy farm where they lived until 1973 – from city girl to country wife.  In 1973 they moved their family to the Ridgedale area of Matsqui Village.  Barbara and Cliff continued to entertain many of their friends from Vancouver who travelled out to the valley for a wonderful feast and lively activities.  Many hayrides took place on the farm with the city friends.  Both Barbara and Cliff were on a 5 pin bowling team with the farm league in Abbotsford at Galaxy Bowl.  In 1988 they sold the dairy farm and moved to Mission where they spent their semi-retirement years.  England and Hawaii were their favourite getaways for travel.  For Barbara, taking care of her family meant homemade buns with butter and jam, delicious cookies in the jar, cozy flannel nightgowns, fuzzy knit sweaters and always food on the table for whoever showed up.  Barbara enjoyed canning, baking, sewing and knitting and made many donations to The Cottage, the Mission Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store.

Barbara will be remembered by her no-nonsense personality, her “yoo-hoo” call and her beautiful, vibrant smile. 

Barbara’s family wishes to thank Dr. De Klerk for his many years as the family GP, the nurses and staff at The Cottage (Abbotsford) and TRIM (Mission) who treated her with genuine affection and care during her years in residential care. 

Barbara will be laid to rest with her parents at Hatzic Cemetery in Mission, BC.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


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From: Alfred Dutra
Relation: neighbor and friend

Interesting Obituary, things I did not know about our past neighbor. Regret not visiting Barbara at Trim. Appeared she had many friends at Cottage. She was almost like a mother.
Used to get books and gifts, like Rupert the Bear, Soccer boots from Cliff, and place to park
my motor bike on farm when I had problem with my father.
Also taught me nursery songs, like Bah Bah Blacksheep, Mary had a little Lamb and more.
Regret not visiting her in Trim. Had problems with my own mother passing away. She told
me Cliff had bought farm complete with Quota before my dad bought his the same year 1958.
Was invited many times at their original farm house on Bateman Road, for things to eat
and share. Actually helped dig out basement at the 2nd house from the Crabtrees.
Helped Bill Stirling another neighbor milk cows for them when they went on these holidays.
Visited them just briefly when they moved to Mission and regret not spending more time
with them especially when Cliff visited me while cutting grass at St Marys. Was not aware
of problem he was having regarding her fall and injury. Remember Craig Appleby and another fellow Michael whom I have forgotten. Also remember rest of Applebys as they visited. She seemed happy at the Cottage except for having to share TV which she had ear plugs, as it seemed to disturb neighbor there.

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