Barbara Mary Nienaber (née Kelly)

In Memorial

Born May 28, 1946 in Vancouver, B.C. and died peacefully at Ridge Meadows Hospital in the early morning of Tuesday, December 7, 2010, with her husband at her side and her two sons and granddaughter with her the evening before. Barb is survived by her loving husband, Fred, her son James and her son Gordon (Liz) as well as her four month old granddaughter, Sadie. She is also survived by her sister Joyce (Peter) Clugston and Lynne (Charles) Woodruff. Barb graduated from UBC and taught for a number of years in Richmond. She also received her diploma in library science and was an on call secondary school librarian. She was active at South Arm United Church and worked tirelessly with the Little Friends Preschool, obtaining support for special needs preschoolers. She also worked as a volunteer on the Board of the Cancer Society, leading the Reach to Recovery and Cansurmount programmes. After moving to Maple Ridge in 1990, she trained as a Medical Office Assistant and worked in a medical office. She was active on the Board of St. Andrew’s Haney United Church, most recently as Chair of the Manse Committee, and was also active in Women’s groups and in the Book Club. She had a fine sense of decor and a flair for style. All who knew her were drawn in by her personality and her sincerity, as well as her determination to overcome all obstacles. She was a true inspiration to many. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at St. Andrew’s United Church, 22165 Dewdney Trunk Rd., Maple Ridge.

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  1. Fred, We are so sorry to here of your loss. Our hearts go out to you & your family. Thinking of you, Paul & Dorcas

  2. Our thoughts are with you. I have been sharing stories of the Nienabers with my wife Nao for years. Barb has always been a big part of thsoe stories. She will be remembered dearly.

    Scott and Nao

  3. Frank and Jan Dwyer

    Words hardly express our feeling of loss. Our heartfelt sympathy to Fred, James, Gordon and family and Barb’s family. We counted Barb as a long time and much loved friend. We had happy times together, she was such a warm host and we even shared camping adventures. Fred, we think of you every day. Rest as you you can, nourish yourself and walk in the sunshine on bright days – find solace in music, your memories and good friends of which you have many.

  4. John and Cynthia Misurelli

    Dear Fred and Family:

    We are so very sorry for your loss, and are thinking of you all. Barb was such a nice lady.

    John and Cynthia Misurelli

  5. Joan and Jim Kerr

    Dear Fred, We were shocked and saddened to learn of Barb’s passing. We have many happy memories of our Drumheller camping trip so many years ago, especially “Smoky Bear”. Our prayers and sympathy go to you and your family at this difficult time.
    Jim and Joan Kerr

  6. Dear Fred, We would like to send our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family with the loss of Barbara. She was a special person and will be remembered. God bless you.
    Jack and Bev

  7. I will miss a truly wonderful person.She was a bright burning light that still burns in many of our hearts. I know I will always remember the times I had growing up with her and your family. I wish I could have made it to the service but I learned of it too late.

    My thoughts are with you Mr Nienaber, James, Gord and the rest of your family and friends

    Sincerely Sheldon Dwyer… the other kid who grew up in and around your Richmond home


  8. Fred, my thoughts are with you and your family at this most difficult time. They say that time heals all wounds but it will take time. Your loving memories of this great lady will see you through!

  9. Dearest Fred, May you take comfort in knowing Barb is now at peace, and that you were blessed to have such a special relationship… Love is eternal….
    Sincerest thoughts of sympathy to you and to your family. From your friend, Dale.

  10. My sincerest condolences, Fred. Brief as our acquaintance was, I am grateful for having had the opportunity to meet Barbara, and for her generous help.

  11. Klaus Thormählen

    Hello Fred,
    we lost contact, however, only in writing, not on mind!
    By accident and as it happened I struggled upon this page in the internet, and although it is already more than a year ago since Barb died I shall not hesitate to send you my sincerest condolence.
    With fondest thoughts
    Klaus Thormählen

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