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September 2, 1939 — February 3, 2023

Barbara Jean Parfitt, age 83, passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 3, 2023, in the Sun Pointe Village retirement home in Kelowna, BC. Barb was born in Vancouver, BC to Leslie and Jessie Stephens in 1939. From an early age, she developed a love for animals with a particular affinity towards horses. She would spend long hours during her teenage years doing anything necessary around veterinarian Paddy Cameron’s local farm, practicing and working to fund her love of horseback riding and to afford a horse of her own.

After graduating from Kelowna Secondary School, Barb was offered a job at CKOV, the local radio station, where she would meet her future husband. While in Kelowna, Barb gave birth to her first child, a beautiful baby girl. A new opportunity for work would beckon the young family north to a town on the mighty Skeena River in Terrace, BC. It was there that roots were planted, and together they welcomed an additional four children, three boys and, a girl.

During her time in Terrace, Barb worked at the local hospital. At home, she nurtured and raised her children in addition to caring for the family farm, which of course included horses. Barb was a relentless worker, a loving mother and, an avid equestrian. She was tireless in her efforts to provide a good life for her kids and always made sure there was enough food on the table for her growing family. Times weren’t always easy for Barb, but as the family’s matriarch, she always greeted each day with a stoic optimism and an unbending will to do the best she could by her kids. Barb has instilled these values and a tenacity for life in her kids and family. She also passed on her passion and love for art and animals. In her later years, when she wasn’t helping her children raise their ever-growing families, she was paintbrush in hand creating stories on saw blades, animals on rocks, and love in our hearts.

Barb is survived by her children Wendy Parfitt, Chris Parfitt, Dianne (Jim) Laird, Rob (Tracey) Parfitt, and Stephen (Lannea) Parfitt; and grandchildren Kyle, Jarred & Cole Meek, Kayleigh Stephens, Terralyn Zylstra & Holly Parfitt and Ryan Laird, Jamie Trelenberg & Taylor Chamberlin, and Alyssa Bergen & Chad Parfitt, and Lily & Declan Parfitt. She will also be missed by her sister Peg Lowther and her many great-grandchildren.

Donations to the Central Okanagan Food Bank in lieu of flowers would be very appreciated.

A Celebration of Life will be held on FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2023, at 1:00 PM, at SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, in the chapel, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. A reception will follow. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2033, at 1:00 PM

SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC

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The service for PARFITT, Barbara Jean – UPDATED LIVESTREAM INFO is scheduled for FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2033, at 1:00 PM. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC

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