Barbara Louise Nilson (nee Smalley)

September 28, 1933 – January 22, 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a wonderful loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. Barb passed away in Maple Ridge surrounded by her family on Friday, January 22, 2016. She was born in Vancouver, the first born child of Audrey and Victor Smalley. She will be greatly missed by husband Nils of over 63 years, sons Ken (Lorraine) and Vic (Tamara), and daughters Nita (Norm) and Lori (Chris). Brothers Ron (Mary) and Gerry (Sylvia), and sister Betty (George). Twelve grandchildren: Jessica (Jason), David, Allan (Corey), Amanda, Mike (Ashley), Carlene (Nick), Tom, Nils (Amanda), Derek (Jennifer), Sonja (Chris), Joe, and Laina. She was also proud to be great grandma to 7 little ones: Lyla, Nora, Ryder, Greyson, Clara, Oliver, and new little Berklee.
Barbara spent her childhood in the Vancouver – Burnaby area where she met her husband Nils in elementary school. They started dating in high school and were married soon after. They raised their young family of 4 children in Burnaby before settling in Pitt Meadows. Barb managed the household during the early years, eventually returning to work for the newly formed ICBC. She worked for ICBC for 20 years before she retired. She enjoyed travelling, playing games and collecting stamps.
Though her time was cut short, she led an exceptional life. She worked hard and raised a strong family. She will not be forgotten.
A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held Saturday, February 27th, 12:30 at the Garden Hill Funeral Home, 11765 – 224th Street, Maple Ridge.
Donations may be made in her name to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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  1. So sad to read about Barb’s passing. I knew her through her work at ICBC when I worked in the Auto industry. Diane Buckton

  2. We are sorry to hear of Barb’s passing.
    Our thoughts and prayers are you Nils and your family.
    Most sincerely ,
    Ron and Diane Mahy

  3. Don and Sharon Bertsch

    We offer our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your beloved wife, mother, and grandmother . Treasure the memories you have as they will be special companions throughout the coming years

  4. So sorry for your loss, may the sadness your heart feels be replaced with joy, remembering the great times shared. Sorry i will not make it to the Service but will be with you in Spirit !
    Love & Hugs Julie Bruce

  5. Diane Tallack/Gerald White

    Sadly, it’s been many years since we have seen Barb. We remember her fondly, from healthier, happier days.
    She always made us feel welcome when we stopped by with Ken for a visit.
    I remember Barb as a strong, intelligent and hardworking woman, who was dedicated to her husband,Nils and her children. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Ken, as you try to cope with this terrible loss,
    love and hugs, from Gerald White, Diane Tallack and family.

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