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Barbara Waite

Barbara Waite

Monday, October 24th, 1955 - Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
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Barbara Anne Waite tragically passed away at the age of 64 on March 31, 2020. Barbie was a cherished mother, daughter, sister and friend who offered unconditional love and support to her family. She was a beautiful and selfless person whose kind and generous spirit shone brightly throughout her entire life. She loved being a mother and shared a special connection with her daughter Lisa. As a dear sister, she was a best friend, guiding light and moral compass. Her quick wit and vivid imagination filled our lives with fun and laughter. Barbie was a loving daughter who devoted much of her time to her parents. She was a strong advocate for her mother's care and always kept her best interests at heart. Barbie's mom treasured her companionship.

Barbie was a long-time Squamish resident who was most at peace when outside and around nature. She loved adventuring, especially cross-country skiing, biking and hiking, which are some of our fondest memories of time spent with her. Although small in physical stature, she was strong and brave, fighting through challenges with a relentless positive outlook. She had a strong passion for animals and her pets adored her, never wanting to leave her side.

We ask that family and friends share photos and memories of Barbie to commemorate her on this memorial page. Her Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. May her memory live on forever in our hearts.
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    Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 12:00pm
    Mount Garibaldi Cemetery
    44500 Government Rd
    Brackendale, BC V0N1H0
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Madelaine Snell

Posted at 11:50pm
When I think of Barb I always picture her smiling as she walked Piper on the trails of Squamish. She was such a gentle soul and will certainly be missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing her. Thoughts go out to her family and friends.


Monica Humphries

Posted at 07:57pm
• Barbie was an amazing big sister. She gave so freely of her love and time. Time to teach me board games on rainy days. Time to take me hiking, biking, and lazing at the beach.
• When she left for university, I missed her company and couldn't wait for her visits and return in the summer. Life was brighter when she was around.
• Barbie helped me navigate my teen years with guidance, support, and unconditional love. I knew she had my back.
• We used to play tennis, one classic match ended with a visit to the E.R. Barbie smacked herself in the forehead with the racquet and split it open. I held a towel to her head as she drove to the hospital in her manual transmission Toyota Corona, laughing the entire time about “what an idiotic thing to do". 4 Stitches, but we always laughed about it.
• Barbie and I communicated daily, lots of conversations regarding the current pandemic. We would rail against the “Covidiots". I was telling her about a statement made by WHO. This became a Laurel & Hardy moment, when she replied “Who said that?” I replied “WHO". She said again “Who, I'm not sure who you're talking about.” Realization set in, I started laughing and said “World Health Organization.” Then the giggling began.
• Barbie could see the humour in everything, most especially laughing at her own foibles.
• Our talks involved family, current events, sharing recipes (she was a great cook), or sometimes just talking about nothing at all. Just sharing time.
• How she lived her life inspires me to be a better person. Remembering Barbie's smile including her patent half-giggle will forever lighten my heart.
• Thank you Barbie for always giving so much of yourself.

Paige Jordon

Posted at 11:55pm
Barb (or Mrs Grantham as I always called you throughout the years),

You welcomed me into your home countless times- it was my second home growing up. It was a place of delicious dinners, amazing homemade snacks (I will always remember your key lime goodies, those were unbelievable), sleepless sleepovers, and adventures in the yard. You took us hiking, to the lake, to watch fireworks, shopping in the city- you are a part of so many of my favorite childhood memories and gave me so many unforgettable experiences. Your home was a safe, fun place, where I always laughed until I cried with my best friend.

Thank you for giving me these memories. Thank you for putting up with our shenanigans when you already had so much on your plate. Thank you most of all for giving me my first real, best friend. My life is better for her being in it in every way, and, although we’ve had our ups and downs over the years (like any true sisters do), we’ve always come back together to love and support each other. She’s stuck with me, and I am so grateful for her. I promise to always be there for her.

You’ve had a beautiful influence on so many lives, and most certainly mine.

Thank you, Barb. You will be so very missed.

Mandy Stanhope

Posted at 02:46pm
Barb and I first met in 2004 and we became friends immediately. Almost every weekday morning we would hike the trails around Squamish with our dogs and would often go for a tea or lunch afterwards at one of the local cafes. We’d sometimes sit there for close to a couple of hours talking about everything.
Barb was a great listener and always offered advice or support.
Many times we drove to Vancouver for the evening or to a local event in Squamish. I remember one time driving back from the city late at night and the highway was closed.
They said it may not open for a few hours. Barb took it all in her stride and wasn’t concerned. We sat on the highway together during that time and shared stories and laughed.
Barb loved her family and was a very devoted and proud mother.
She will be missed by so many and I know there will be a lot of stories to share.
My family are heartbroken for all of you and I am praying for you daily. I look forward to being able to celebrate her life with all of you.
Much love from The Stanhope’s

Nancy Hamilton

Posted at 01:38pm
Barb and I had a couple of things in common. We both love dogs & exploring the outdoors especially with our dogs. So it was fitting that we first met as neighbours about 15 years ago when my little dog Roxy snuck through the fence to play with her new puppy Skylar. They say people look like their dogs & Skylar was the cutest sporty mini apricot poodle, how appropriate for Barbie. One day Barb asked if I could help her find a house for her and her young family. That sent us on a different path together. I continued meeting Barbie and Skylar on the trails around Squamish and then several times at the Whistler Olympic Park. Though so tiny Barb was like the Everready Bunny. She could go & go and had such enthusiasm for exercise & the beauty of nature. We have had many great philosophical conversations on the trails over the years. Just last fall we bumped into each other taking our old dogs Skylar & Roxy for a stroll on the easy Discovery Trail. We walked and talked together at their easy senior pace. I noticed that Barb carried Bear Spray in her pocket so I asked if she ever used it. She said no but she could demonstrate it for me as it was good to set it off each year to see that it worked. We put the dogs in our respective cars. We were careful to be upwind as she blasted a tree in the forest. I still remember her squeal of delight as the impressive spray went fwd. There was a pause before a wave of pepper spray hit our nostrils then it overcame us and sent us scrambling back to our cars coughing ,crying and then laughing uncontrollably! It was so stupid but yet so hilarious. She felt so bad but I didn't care. It was something I would have done. I saw her and Lisa for a Mother Daughter Nordic ski this winter. They were like two peas in a pod. Barb was so proud of her. When I have lost friends and family in the past I have always seeked solstice in the forest to let Mother Nature aid in the healing process. I know Barb would feel the same. RIP my neighbour, client & trail buddy. You lived true to your values of love of family and the outdoors.

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