Barbara Ethel Thomas

Barbara Ethel Thomas


Barbara Ethel Thomas ~age 95, passed away peacefully on June 16, 2015 in Kelowna, B.C. Barbara was born on

January 22, 1920 in Winnipeg, MB and was the eldest of six children. Barbara was

predeceased by her first husband, George Eric Whitehead, her second

husband BJ Thomas, and her third husband, Laurie Thomas. Barbara is survived by her sister, Pat Kunderman, her son, Michael Whitehead, her daughter, Patricia Whitehead and her five step-daughters: Jeanie Thomas, Anne Main, Lynn Thomas, Eden Westmancoat and Joanie Sajjad. Barbara is further survived by over thirty grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Barbara was a resident of Kelowna since September 1972 and worked at the Capital News for ten years. Barbara and Laurie were avid square dancers and members of the Westside Squares for many years. They travelled extensively to the southern U.S. and eastern Canada with their many square dance friends. They lived in Sunrise Village where Barbara utilized her strong organization and writing skills to plan social events and manage the resident directory. Barbara dealt with much hardship in her life but always endured. She will be remembered as a kind, selfless and giving person.

Our family thanks Dr. Mark Clark, her long time physician, Spring Valley Care Centre who cared for Barbara in her

last days, Interior Health who recognized Barbara’s needs and provided support and Phyllis Cannell who provided

personal service for Barbara during her final months. A Celebration of life will be held on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 1:30 pm at First Memorial Funeral Services, 1211 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, B.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice in Barbara’s name. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Arrangements entrusted with

First Memorial Funeral

Services, Kelowna.


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