Barbara Lee Gent

December 15, 1959 – January 9, 2020
It is with broken hearts & a deep sadness we announce that Barb passed away peacefully in the arms of her family at the palliative ward in NRGH after a courageous & determined battle with cancer.
Barb is survived by her husband & best friend Andrew, her sons Mike (Nadine) & Lorne (Heather) & the true blessings in her life – her grandchildren, Lorne Jr & Emmeline.
Barb was born the oldest of her 3 surviving siblings Ronald (Ron), Dawn & Dale. As a young girl she lived in Alberta, where many happy days were spent at her grandfather’s farm discovering her love for horses that would last throughout her life.
Barb started her adult life as a stay at home mom, raising her sons in Black Creek where she developed her passion of gardening. This led to her starting as a part-time clerk at Buckerfields in Courtenay where she advanced to become Store Manager in 1996.
She married Andrew in August 1997 and so Andrew, Barb, Mike & Lorne became a close & loving family – continuing to this day.
Barb was an amazing cook & truly enjoyed yet another of her passions – baking. She loved nothing more than providing family, friends & co-workers with a steady stream of delicious pies & tasty treats.
Barb was indeed a remarkable woman. As well as being a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt she was also known as an inspiring mentor, a “bad-ass” businesswoman (she later became Buckerfields Store Manager in Parksville and part owner of the business in 2005) and a loving, dear friend to so many.
For those who wish, donations may be made to Nanaimo Hospital Foundation (palliative care) or any charity of their choice in her name.
A private family service will be followed by a Celebration of Life for all her family & friends to be held at the Walbran Room, Ti-Na-Mara Resort, on Feb 1st at 1 pm – 4 pm
“I’ll always remember you and ask that you remember me.
When you’re ready, I’ll be there waiting for you … until then, take your time”


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