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KYTE, Barb

June 12, 1942 — October 27, 2019

Longtime Kelowna resident and businesswoman, Barbara Kyte passed away on October 27, 2019, from cancer.

Barb was well known in Kelowna for her work in the insurance business beginning with Demara and Sons and working with two additional owners, the latest being Johnston Meier, for a total of nearly 55 years. She started as an office clerk and was an administrator at the time of her death. She never thought of retiring as she loved her work, the people she worked with and the clients.

Barb was born in Montreal, Quebec on June 12, 1942. Her family settled in Williams Lake, B.C. in 1948. Here Barb attended school until they moved to Kelowna in 1959 where she graduated from Okanagan Academy.  Barb then took business training before entering her insurance career.

Surviving Barb are three siblings, sisters Beverly Jeider of Creston, B.C., Heather {Kurt} Roeske of Kelowna, and brother, Bob {Nancy} Kyte of Vancouver, Washington.  In addition, there are numerous nieces, nephews and their children.  The family deeply feels the loss and will miss her. She a was predeceased by her parents, Robert Kyte and Dorothy Kyte, and younger sister, Roberta Oetman Fleck. After her mother passed away, she became the pillar of the family by keeping track of special occasions and events.

After cremation she will be interred with her mother at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. At Barb’s request, no service is to be held.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association, hospicecoha.org. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.

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  • Marion Bomford says:

    To the family of Barb Kyte… Our sympathies in the loss of this beautiful lady! I worked in the office upstairs from hers for over 25 years. Barb and I shared many stories and good times throughout those year. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  • Darlene Weller says:

    Love with Condolences to you all. She was so dedicated to her family and friends. Many memories from 1976 when we first met and worked together. She will be missed..

  • Fred Jarvis says:

    Condolences to the family. I was the privileged one to be able to give and receive hugs from Barb over the past 15 years. A grand lady who will be remembered and missed by many. RIP my friend.

  • Beth Crouchman says:

    I work at the Centuria Shoppers Drug Mart, Barb frequently popped in on her way home from work to pick up goodies for her co-workers and to donate to the woman’s shelter. All the staff were always happy to see her and have a conversation with her, as she was such a lovely lady. We all will truly miss Barb. All the staff here at Centuria SDM would like to send their deepest sympathies, love, and courage to Barb’s family and co-workers.

  • Jo Gordon says:

    I had the privilege of working with Barb for over 15 years. She was a wonderful woman and a terrific mentor. I still use her mother’s recipe for shortbread , which took me years to wrangle out of her ! She will be missed greatly by her family and friends. Peace.

    Jo Gordon and Terry Carlow

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