JACKSON, Barbara (Pye, Ellis). Barbara Anne Jackson, 90, of Surrey died on Sunday, October 27th peacefully at home. She was born to the late Charles Leonard and Jessie Marie Ellis, November 24, 1922 in Fawley, Southhampton, England. Memories of her childhood with her brother, John and her many trips to England to see family and friends were very important to her. In 1945, she married a Canadian soldier, John William Pye and immigrated to Canada as a war bride in 1946. From Pier 21 in Halifax she bravely journeyed by train to Vancouver. Barbara’s early life in Canada was spent in North Vancouver followed by a move to Vancouver Island where she resided for many years in Parksville and Courtney. Divorced from John, Barbara married Amos Jackson in 1972. They relocated to Surrey in 1997. Widowed in 1997, Barbara made many new friends and kept busy volunteering in her new community. Barbara worked as a bookkeeper and bank teller in North Vancouver and established her own bookkeeping business when she moved to Vancouver Island. She never lost her interest in finance and her organizational skills were exceptional. She loved to travel and met many people who welcomed her into their homes. Barbara was an excellent knitter and loved needlework, reading, and English TV dramas. Barbara is survived by two children: Cherry Harriman of Surrey and Susan Pye of Cobble Hill. She is also survived by three grandchildren: Sharel Wentz (Bob) of Langley; Julie Harriman (John Kraus) of Huntington Beach, CA and David Harriman (Erika) of Vancouver and five great-grandchildren: Liam, Maia, Eleanor, Aidan and Sasha. Barbara will be deeply missed by family, friends and neighbours who valued her wisdom, her humour and her generosity. Their companionship during her later years made life worth living and she loved her connections with people of all generations who brought excitement and fun into her home. There is no service by her request but a tea to honour Barbara will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Covenant House, Vancouver, a charity established to help homeless young people. Address: 575 Drake St. Vancouver, BC. V6B 4K8.