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LEFEVRE, Barbara (née McIvor)

June 13, 2024 — January 1, 1970

Barbara Lefevre was born in Toronto in 1934 to doting parents Florence and John McIvor, and she passed away on February 17, 2020 in Kelowna, BC.

She was a reluctant pianist but an enthusiastic dancer for which her three kids are eternally grateful. Ballet was her passion, but in 1954 she expanded her repertoire to include ballroom dance classes. There she met Jim Lefevre, a 26-year-old Scot with red hair and an accent that needed a translator. With her elegant footwork she got the hang of the dance quickly and drew Dad’s eye.

Mom gave up her work at Dominion Securities, where she was secretary to the president of the Toronto Stock Exchange, to marry Dad. His career in golf management saw them move from Toronto to St. Catharine’s to Edmonton to Montreal and finally to Vancouver in 1979.  They retired to the Okanagan and eventually moved to Kelowna 22 years ago to be close to daughter Sandy and her boys.

Mom was always an active volunteer, lately on the board of Meals on Wheels.  Her neighbours and precious church family provided her with joy, laughter, teasing and intellectual stimulation. Mom made a party more lively – a conversation more robust. She loved her life and was grateful for it. And she was at peace at the end with a deep faith that gave her comfort.

She is survived by her three children, who were still hoping to be mentioned in the Christmas letter one year,  Nancy Farran, Sandy Earle (Tom Kurucz) and Andrew Lefevre (Cherie Lefevre); and five grandchildren, who always made the Christmas letter,  Tiana Farran (Trevor Woodland), Ryan and Colin Earle, and Ben and Justin Lefevre. She loved each one and was so proud of her family.

A service will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 4:30 pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 1162 Hudson Road, West Kelowna, BC, followed by a reception at Quail’s Gate Winery. If you wish, please wear pink or white. That would make her laugh.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to Meals on Wheels Kelowna would be appreciated, www.mow-online.com.

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Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 4:30 pm

Grace Lutheran Church

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Service Information

Service Details

The service for LEFEVRE, Barbara (née McIvor) is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 4:30 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Grace Lutheran Church

1162 Hudson Road West Kelowna, BC


Special Requests:

reception at Quail’s Gate Winery

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  • Anita and Vinay says:

    We are heartfelt about the loss of such a vibrant person and mother. We are blessed to know your mom through our friendship with you, and can see clearly she had a sparkle in her eye, and some magic in her dance steps, and she has passed much of that magic on through her children and grandchildren. We are thinking of you and wishing you a deep well of strength, resilience, and love in the harder moments of this great loss.

  • Patrick Little says:

    Barbie: A true lady, a great friend. One of the nicest memories of my life. Thank you for everything you did for me and my family.

  • Patti Field says:

    Dear Nancy and family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful mother. It is never easy for those of us left on this plane but please know she has graduated to heaven and is free of pain, surrounded by loved ones from days past. Love and Hugs, Patti

  • Noemi Gal-Or says:

    Dear Nancy and family,
    Feeling with you at this sad and difficult time. Although departed, your mother will stay with you in your heart forever providing love, warmth and support. A big-big hugfrom me.

  • Margaret & Bob Meggy says:

    Nancy, I know how hard it is for you right now. But your mother will live on in your memory, and in the memory of all those who loved her. Blessings upon you & yours at this difficult time.
    Love, Marg

  • Don & Mardele Eddington says:

    We were so blessed to know Barb as our friend and honoured to receive “The Christmas Letter” every year. Our hearts go out to you at this very sad time. Love Don & Mardele

  • Don and Lynda Lipsett says:

    Dear Nancy, Sandy, Andrew, and your families,
    We are so glad that we got to know Barb (and Jim) while at Lakeside Church. What a generous, thoughtful, fun, and dynamic lady Barb was! Her faith in her Lord shone, and while we also miss her, we rejoice in knowing she is experiencing the joy and peace of being with Jesus. You are all in our thoughts and prayers, and in the midst of your sadness and loss, may wonderful memories and the love you shared as a family, help bring you peace and comfort. With love, Don and Lynda Lipsett

  • Kim Ballantyne says:

    Dear Nancy, Sandy, Andrew and family,
    I feel privileged to have known your mom. She was always so welcoming, kind, generous and full of life. She created a beautiful, loving family and passed along many of her lovely qualities to her children and grandchildren. I know she was proud of every one of you. She will be truly missed.I will be thinking of you all today as you celebrate the life of a truly remarkable lady. And I shall wear pink and toast Barbara with a glass of chardonnay! Love and hugs…Kim

  • Al Hamilton says:

    A Video of the service at Grace Lutheran Kelowna can be seen at: https://vimeo.com/396227698
    Pictures of Barbara can be seen at: https://vimeo.com/396228063

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