BARROW, Victoria Yuriko (nee Obayashi)
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved “Vicky” on Saturday, June 25, 2005 – loving wife of 53 years to Bill, our mom, grandmother, sister, aunty, friend. Vicky died after a valiant battle with cancer- her cheerfulness and strength undaunted during her 21/2 year illness. Vicky is predeceased by her parents Fusajiro and Toyo Obayashi, siblings Fusao, Sally, Kon, Misa and Toki. She is survived by her
loving husband Bill, sons Robin and Grant (Robin Lee), daughter Hollis (Howard) , cherished grandchildren Kyla (Clayton) and Brenin, siblings Rose (Nishimura), Robbie, Sue (Yoshida), and in-laws Harry, Wendy, Victor, Marlene, Charlotte and treasured nieces and nephews.
Vicky was born in Vancouver on September 8, 1930 and raised in Kitsilano
until her family’s relocation to the interior in 1942. After the war, she made Nakusp her home where she married and raised her family.
Vicky was devoted to her family – always insuring that everyone was taken care of and happy. She was passionate about music – she loved to sing, especially with the Nakusp Lakeside Singers, and to dance to the swinging sounds of the big bands.
Vicky’s was a life of giving – her enormous generosity and remarkable depth of kindness were gifts she gave to all those who knew her. During her tough days when those around her were feeling her pain, she continued to naturally share her extraordinary sense of humour and unforgettable laugh.
Our lives will continue to be directed by Mom’s many gifts, and she will live in our hearts forever. Our loss is great but “ Somewhere Over the Rainbow” there is a new shade of color – indescribable and incredibly beautiful.
At Vicky’s request a private family service was held in the home of Hollis and Howard where she was attentively cared for with dignity and love. A memorial service in honour of her life will be held in Nakusp on Saturday, July 23rd at the Robertson United Church at 1:00 p.m. Tea to follow.
A special thank you to Amy Svenson (niece) who was an incredible caregiver to Mom. We are grateful to Dr. Colin McNeill, who took such great care of Mom at her “home away from home”.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the B.C.Cancer Foundation 200-601 W.Broadway,
Vancouver V5Z 4C2.