Barbara Edwards

Barbara Edwards

Thursday, May 26th, 1949 - Friday, August 2nd, 2019
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Barb Edwards of Englehart passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Englehart and District Hospital on August 2, 2019 at the age of 70. Barb battled breast cancer twice and most recently lung cancer. Her grandchildren often referred to their Gramma as “the bravest lady they’ve ever known!”
Barb was born in Englehart on May 26, 1949 to Herbert and Ruby Edwards.
Barb completed her elementary and secondary school education in Englehart. She later attended nursing college in North Bay. She pursued this career with passion and dedication up to her retirement in 2004.
Barb married Harvey Parker on June 12, 1971 at St. Paul’s Church in Englehart. Together they had three sons, Jason, Chad and Curt Parker.
Barb is survived by; her sons Jason Parker (Cathy Hinz) of Englehart; Chad (Melanie) Parker of Englehart; and Curt Parker (Danielle Fleming) of Sault St. Marie.; “Gramma” to grandchildren Logan and Katelin (Katie) Parker, Layla Parker, Keysha McKinnon and Jake Hinz; brother Normand (Kay) Edwards of Killoloe ON; brother Jim (Ann) Edwards of Calgary AB; sister Berth (Claude Pellerin) of Kitchener ON; brother George (Sandra) Edwards of Englehart ON; sister Mary (Richard Johnston) of Kitchener ON; brother Barry Edwards of Terrace BC; sister in law Jeanie Edwards of Kitchener ON; partner Daniel Racette of Englehart ON and many nieces and nephews.
Barb was predeceased by; her parents Herbert and Ruby Edwards; her husband Roland Desilets; her sister Nora Carmicheal and her brother Raymond Edwards.
Barb treasured her time with family and friends. She enjoyed preparing large family meals; working in her garden; walks at Kap-Kig-Iwan Park with her grandchildren and dog Missy and travelling and camping throughout Canada. She brought enthusiasm, friendship and commitment to her community as a member of her church; the Red Hats and later as an important member of the Timiskaming Hospice Palliative Care group, for which she recently received her certificate of appreciation for 15yrs of service. She was a loving mother and grandmother who always put the needs of others above her own. Her loyalty touched all of those who had the privilege to know her. You could always count on Barb to stand up for what was right and for what she believed in!
Funeral arrangements were made by McDonald Funeral Home in Englehart. Cremation has taken place. Memorial and burial details to follow.
In memory, contributions to the Timiskaming Hospice Palliative Care program at Englehart and District Hospital would be greatly appreciated by the family.
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    Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 11:00am
    Good Shepherd Church
    139 2nd Ave.
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    Rev. Stephen Crosby


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Ellen Kent

Posted at 08:42am
Barb will be sadly missed by all who knew her and I know that she was always a bright spark in our shop when she came in to see us. Having known Barb for many years, I can only echo the sentiments of others who said that she was loving, loyal and fierce in her love for her children. Barb's willingness to share her knowledge has already helped other cancer patients and will continue to help others, even after her passing. It was a sincere pleasure and honour to be considered a friend of Barbs.
Ellen Kent & Cliff Reuer

Aaron, Kathy, Jersey & Kaysey Hack

Posted at 08:29am
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Posted at 10:42pm
How blessed I was to have known Barb so many years. She was a source of strength, help, level headedness, and fun. My husband and I will miss her so much.

Ivan Edwards

Posted at 11:02pm
So sorry to hear of Barb's passing. Sending our sincere sympathy to her family for their loss. Barb was a very caring, compassionate person both personally and professionally.

Betty & Ivan Edwards

Nancy Packham

Posted at 11:49am
Barb was a good friend and a wonderful nurse and co-worker. She had a heart as big as all outdoors and that was evident in her love for her family and friends and in her dedication to her nursing profession. The care she gave each patient encompassed their body, mind and soul. Jason, Chad & Curt, your mother loved you unconditionally and her loyalty to those she loved was fierce. She said she was so thankful for all the ways you were all there for her during her illness and the "gift' she said you gave her in her finals days. She talked about her family with such love and pride. Our heartfelt condolences to Dan and to Barb's children, grandchildren, extended family members and dear friends. She was a lovely person, someone I will always miss. Love Nancy Packham

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