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Barbara Gillis



Born March 27th, 1962 into a large family that referred to her simply as “VIII” for a few years, Barb died at the Chinook Hospice on Wednesday, July 27th, having what could only be described as a ‘beautiful death’. In the company of friends and family, who sipped Pinot Noir and listened to Indie music on her IPod, Barb left this world on her own terms – with a smile on her face and holding her husband Peter’s hand.

Barbara Jane Gillis was a force of nature, that rare collection of beauty, confidence and grace that couldn’t help but draw you in to her presence, where her immense love and compassion made you feel warm and safe. On news of her death, makers of Gin the world over quaked in fear and uncertainty. In her honour, Happy Hour is now sixty-five minutes long.

Barbara Jane was loud and she moved throughout the world capturing hearts with the deafening sound of her awesomeness. To hear her laugh was to be reminded how good life can be when taken a little less seriously. Her greatest trait, though, was her infinite love for the lucky ones who entered her life. Barbara Jane loved her family, living and dead, with a depth that spanned time and space. She loved her friends so deeply they rushed to her side for one last touch. And she loved her husband with such a fierceness that he would give anything – anything – to have her look at him, that way, just one more time. Barb was proceeded in her last waltz by her father Hal, her mother Kae, and her brothers Pat and Terry: people she praised and cherished until the day she died. Surviving siblings include Mary Ellen (Denis), Mike (Gwen), Tim (Peggi), Dan (Cheryl), Anne (Lorne), Joe (Sheila), Kathleen (Ian), Hal Jr. and Irene (Tim).

Barb spent a lot of time helping to raise her 19 nieces and nephews, and it shows in their spirit and character. Mark (Melanie), Troy, Brett (Danijela), Erin, Patrick, Meg, Courtney (Qassim), Connor, Lawton, Keegan, Maddie, Cole, Dylan, Bridget, Griffin, Braeden, Cara (with their mother Jennifer), Macgregor and Finn. It turns out that Barb has left just as her first great niece/nephew prepares to arrive. Such is life. Many thanks to the Acute Care team at the Rocky view Hospital, along with the angels in residence at the Chinook Hospice, for all of the care and love they provided Barbara to ease her journey.

Prayers will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church at 9830 - 148 Street in Edmonton on Thursday, August 18th at 7:00 pm. A celebration of Barb’s life will also be at St. John's on Friday, August 19th at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Calgary Hospice Association.

In Loving Memory of
Barbara Gillis
(Maiden: Spelliscy)
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Prayer Service:
Thursday, August 18, 2016
7:00 PM
St. John the Evangelist
9830 - 148 Street
Edmonton, AB
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Funeral Service:
Funeral Mass
Friday, August 19, 2016
11:30 AM
St. John the Evangelist
9830 - 148 Street
Edmonton, AB
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