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Barbara Christeena Miles
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Birth: Jun. 4, 1911
Manitoba, Canada
Death: Sep. 4, 2006
British Columbia, Canada

She is survived by and sorely missed
by her loving husband John Henry (Jack) Miles in the 68th year of their
marriage. They were married during the Dirty 30's in 1938 and from this
humble beginning had three sons, Colin (Winnie), Evan (Brenda), and Lindsay
(Edwina), 10 grandchildren Glenn (Jodi), Jennifer, Jeffrey, Jillian, Tony,
Rosemary, Michelle, Jessica, Kyle, Jenelle and 2 great-grandchildren,
Leighla and Sydney. She loved her family and was fiercely proud of them. She
wanted to be remembered as a Registered Nurse. She trained at Providence
Hospital and gave many years of devoted service at Norway House in Northern
Manitoba (where she had a team of huskies), in rural Saskatchewan and at the
Misericordia and most importantly at the Charles Camsell Hospital in
Edmonton. Barbara and Jack moved to Vancouver to be closer to their sons in
1999 after living in Edmonton since 1954. Barbara has one living sister,
Frances Bailey in Toronto, Ontario. She was pre-deceased by her siblings
Murdock McIver, Elizabeth Harris, Al McIver, Isabel Gillespie, Marie
Novikoff and Colin McIver. Barbara was very proud of her Scottish - Canadian
heritage and she was known and respected for her principles such as
compassion, courage, determination, optimism and ability to see the best in
others. Raised on a farm in Manitoba, Barbara developed a love and respect
for life in all its forms and a fascination for all things live and
mechanical. At the age of 16 years she completely disassembled and then
reassembled a Model "A" Ford, shot rapids in a canoe, broke horses and did
ice racing with a sail driven "skate". She boasted that she used her
earnings as a young mother to buy a piano for the house before a fridge.
Barbara loved nature and often wrote letters expressing her joy at the
wonder of creation, including poems about her beloved trees. Barbara was
sorely tested by illness throughout her life. She beat tuberculosis 3 times,
a ruptured appendix, paralyzing strokes, heart problems, the loss of a
daughter and sudden onset of blindness in later years. Any one of these
could have been emotionally, mentally and physically devastating, but not to
Barbara who conquered them. She became stronger, more compassionate and
passionate about all life and with an incredible ability to attract friends
from all walks of life and is loved and remembered by all who met her. The
family is very thankful for the loving and thoughtful care she received from
the staff at the Windermere Care Centre in Vancouver and previously at
Rideau Manor in Burnaby. A Funeral Service of Thanksgiving will be held in
St. Andrew's United Church in Edmonton on Saturday, September 9, 2006 at 11
am, followed by interment at the Northern Lights Cemetery. A Celebration of
Barbara's Life of will be held on Wednesday at 3 P.M. in Vancouver at St.
Andrew's Wesley Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that
donations be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Barbara's memory.

Published in the Vancouver Sun from 9/8/2006 - 9/12/2006.
Family links: 
  John Henry Miles (1916 - 2010)
Northern Lights Cemetery
Edmonton Census Division
Alberta, Canada
Created by: bluemermaid68
Record added: Aug 02, 2013
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Barbara Christeena Miles
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