It is with deepest sympathy the family of Barbara Joan Porteous (nee Buckmiller) announces the passing of our much beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the Penticton Regional Hospital at the age of 79.
Barbara will be welcomed into heaven by her father Ezra and her mother Marion. She will be remembered by her husband of 60 years Dave, her children Bruce, Diana (Doug), Joanne (Dave), grandchildren Michael, Andy (Lisa), Brian, Heather, Kimberly (Derek), Corey, Reece and Ricky; great grandchildren Dominik, Mackenzie and Kayden; sisters Carol and Ruth and brother David (Bev) and many nieces and nephews.
Barbara was born on June 13, 1936 and raised in Oroville, Wash. After high school Barbara attended a business school in Spokane then shortly after that married Dave in 1955 and moved to Oliver, B.C. During her time in Oliver she worked at Don Lange Jewellery store then in the office at the Oliver Co-Op. After five years in Oliver, Barbara and Dave purchased a hunting and fishing resort at Bonaparte Lake, Wash. and moved their family to the lake. Even though many memories were made they made the decision to move back to Canada and took up residence in Osoyoos, B.C.
After settling down in Osoyoos Barbara worked at CKOO Radio Station right across from the Service Station that her and Dave owned for 13 years. Then it was time for a new venture and they purchased Little Duffers Ice Cream and Mini Golf. This was their home for 17 years until their retirement. Barbara became very involved in the community volunteering at the Osoyoos Museum, Heart and Stroke Canvasser, numerous municipal, provincial, and federal elections, and the Osoyoos Senior Centre. And up until the time of her untimely passing she had continued to play the organ for the St. Edwards and St. Christopher Anglican Churches. Barbara’s favourite pastimes were playing games with her grandchildren, bridge at the Senior Centre or doing crosswords with her morning coffee.
A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 11:30 am at the Osoyoos Senior Centre. In lieu of flowers donations will be gratefully accepted for the Osoyoos Senior Centre. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com. Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver and Osoyoos.