ASH, Barbara Lynne
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It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Barbara Ash on September 15, 2012 at Marion Hospice following a 16 month ordeal with cancer. Barbara is survived by her husband Pat Wotherspoon, son Robin (Colleen Ma), her brothers Glen Makepeace (Lindsey Hillocks), Brent Ash (Hiromi Kase) and Warren (Elizabeth) Ash; mother-in-law Hope Rust, sisters-in-law Susan Morgan and Tracey Macey (David Ticoll), brother-in-law Allan (Deborah) Wotherspoon; nieces Serena (Todd and sons Gentry and Avery) Theis, Vanessa Morgan, Jessica Morgan (Pierre Van Niekerk) and Amy Ticoll (Daniel Wilson). Her wonderful extended family includes Jim and Patty Rust, Anne and Ross Kirkpatrick, Will and Dorothy Ma, Kristian Chervenock (Ali Janicek), Jane and Mike Stark, Tim Rust (Claudia Korner), Andrea and Jon Britton, Katie Kirkpatrick, Ben Rust, Christine Primus and Kevin Ma. Newest additions Arthur Makepeace, Elizabeth and Isla Stark and Jacob Britton brought her great joy. Barbara was born in Vancouver on November 12, 1950 and spent her formative years in North Vancouver. She graduated from SFU with a B.A. in Anthropology in 1973, received her teaching certification there in 1975 and earned her M.Ed in Higher Education and Administration from UBC in 1994. Barb started as a substitute instructor at Vancouver Community College in 1976 and worked there until her retirement in October, 2009. She spent 24 years as faculty and 9 years in administration, capping her career as Dean of Student Services. Barbara seamlessly combined stunning beauty, grace and gravitas with a stellar career as a leader, mentor and principled problem solver; a fashionista with exquisite taste in all things and a loving wife and mother. She had a hugely generous heart, a wicked sense of humour and enjoyed a wonderful life through her family and friends, travel and food and drink. The family would like to thank Dr. Nicky James, Dr. Christian Kohllmannsberger and staff at BC Cancer Agency, and especially the angels on 9 at Marion. A Memorial will be held Thursday, September 27 at 2:00 p.m. at VanDusen Gardens in the BMO and Woodland Halls in the new building, reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Barb Ash Scholarship Fund, VCC Foundation at 604-871-7147 or at www.canadahelps.org search Vancouver Community College.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Sept. 21 to Sept. 22, 2012