It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beautiful mom, Barbara Anne DeRuiter, nee Stair. She fought a courageous battle, but the Lord called her home September 22nd, 2023.
She leaves behind the love of her life and husband of 63 years, Jasper DeRuiter, their five children, their spouses, 12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Barb was a kind and generous person often blessing those in need in anonymity. Barb’s discerning heart enabled her to reach out to those needing a phone call, a card, a warm smile, or a visit. Barb had a green thumb, was a talented sewer, knitter, baker and crocheter. She had the best laugh and a keen sense of humor. Her organizational skills were legendary along with her sense of order. Barb juggled many roles: farmer, caregiver, cook, seamstress, retail worker, bookkeeper extraordinaire, and volunteer. She was also a caring, compassionate, neighbor and friend. She was privileged and honoured to travel the world with the love of her life Jasper.
Barb's family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude and sincerest appreciation to Doctor Lindsay Hayward, medical staff at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, and the North Okanagan Hospice Society.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara's name to the North Okanagan Hospice Society Click here to donate.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Fort St. John, BC in summer 2024.
The Rose Bud
It is only a tiny rosebud;
A flower of God's design.
But I cannot unfold the petals;
With these clumsy hands of mine.
The secret of unfolding flowers;
Is not known to such as I.
GOD opens this flower so easily;
But in my hands they die.
If i cannot unfold a rosebud;
This flower of God's design,
Then how can I have the wisdom;
To unfold this life of mine?
So I'll trust in God for leading;
Each moment of my day.
I will look to God for guidance;
In each step along the way.
The path that lies before me;
Only my Lord knows.
I'll trust God to unfold the moments;
Just as He unfolds the rose.
You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or by planting a memorial tree in the memory of Barbara Anne (Stair) DeRuiter