McNAB, Barbara Viola
September 25, 1924 – October 27, 2011
Barbara Viola McNab passed away peacefully at her home on October 27, 2011 surrounded by family. She was born on September 25, 1924 in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Barbara is survived by her children James (Jayne), Philip (Trish), Lorilee, Carla, and daughter-in-law Diane of Ontario; Archie (Sigrid), Murray, Bruce, Ross, Bonnie and Jessie (Stan) of Vancouver Island. She had 30 grandchildren, 28 great- grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by husbands Leslie Nau and Archie McNab, son Robert Nau, daughter-in-law Carol McNab, granddaughter Mareena and great-granddaughter Katrina.
Mom moved from Kansas to Ontario at the age of 16. She and Dad moved to BC in the 1950’s and they purchased the farm in Yellow Point in 1960. Through hard work and perseverance, they raised 6 children there and built a reputation on growing sweet corn. Even with all the work to do, Mom always made time for others. She loved children and they loved her. She had a way of finding something good in everyone. Anyone who met Mom never forgot her and she never forgot them.
Mom was an avid knitter; quilter and she also enjoyed crocheting. She knit hundreds of pairs of socks for children who were in the hospital during the last 20 years of her life. Mom loved going for walks and was a familiar sight walking in the Yellow Point area. For a lady who never drove or joined any groups or organizations, she touched the lives of many people. Mom had an amazing inner strength that kept her going despite numerous health restrictions. She never complained of what she wasn’t able to do, but instead embraced what she was still capable of doing.
The family would like to thank their friends and the community for their love and support. They would also like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Zuccaro for caring for Mom.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made in memory of Mom to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation. No service by request. A gathering will be held at the McNab Farm in May, date and time to be announced later.