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BARBEIRO, Adelina “Lina” Maria

April 29, 1932 — December 24, 2023

Adelina Barbeiro passed away on December 24, 2023, in Kelowna, BC, at the age of 91 years.

She is survived by her children Jaime (Denise) and Noelia (Chris); grandchildren Roger (Chantal), Jennifer, Kyle, Tristan, and Noah (Heather); great-grandchildren Braedan, Gabrielle, Logan, and Aurora; sister Natevidade Fernandez; and her beloved daughter-in-law Manuela.  She was predeceased by her parents Jaime and Maria Martins; and 5 of her siblings.

She was born in Montiijo, Portugal, where she grew to become the caregiver of her community, taking on the roles of nurse and counsellor.  In 1971, she immigrated to Canada, first to Vancouver, then to Squamish, and finally to West Kelowna, BC.

Adelina was independent and strong-willed.  She did everything herself, especially if someone told her she couldn’t. She was a self-taught plumber, electrician, builder, and roofer. She was very artistic, enjoying knitting, crocheting, painting and sculpting clay figurines.  She sculpted and painted figurines of the entire cast of The Wizard of Oz. She was also an excellent seamstress sewing clothing for kids, babies, and dolls.

Her garden was her pride and joy.  She could grow plants that should not grow in the Canadian climate.  She spent as much time as possible in her garden, lovingly tending to every bloom.

Adelina was loved by everyone.  She was very sweet and affectionate and would take your face into her hands saying “God bless you”, or “You’re beautiful.” She brought joy to everyone who met her.

It was Adelina’s wish not to have a service.  Please take time to honour this beautiful, creative, strong, and caring woman in your own way. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society of your choice.

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