Rushton, Barbara Ellen (nee Richardson)

September 19, 1940 – August 14, 2017
at the age of 76 years

A celebration of Barbara’s life will be made at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62 Salmon Arm BC on Sunday September 24 at 10 am. 

Passed away Age 76 on August 14 2017 at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital in Salmon Arm, BC, Canada. (Complication in Cancer).  She is survived by her husband Robert, her four sons, Terry (Edith), Glenn, Robert (Maureen), Steve, her granddaughters Michelle Kumar (husband Aman and son Daman), Kim Grewal (husband Jay  and son Kian and daughter Maya), brothers Rob and Dave Richardson of Nova Scotia. Smokey her Kitty Kat misses her terribly also. 
Tributes can be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Youth Sports Program In Your region. The Legion’s National Youth Track and Field competition is the only one of its kind in Canada and has come to be regarded as one of the best in the country. Annually, it helps hundreds of athletes aged 12 to 17 years to develop their potential and strive to become Canada’s future Olympians. In fact, many of the Legion’s former participants have gone on to international and Olympic success.

Barbara dearest, we all,
at some future time,
will not fail to meet thee
in the realm of the stars –
to love thee once again in that Starry Vale.
In the meantime, while you await us there,
fair-thee-well our Blyth Spirit.


  1. A friend is like a flower, a rose to be exact,
    Or maybe like a brand new gate, that never comes unlatched.
    A friend is like an owl,both beautiful and wise,
    Or perhaps a friend is like a ghost,
    whose spirits never die.
    A friend is like a heart that goes strong til the end.
    Where would we be in this world if we hadn’t had you for a friend?

    Remembering your wonderful laugh and all the fantastic dinners we shared.
    We will especially miss you on every birthday and anniversary. We already miss you terribly. Our sincere condolences to Bob , your boys and their families. xoxo

  2. Our condolences to Bob and his boys in the sudden loss of Barb. We were fortunate enough to spend time with Barb and Bob who were neighbours of Mom and Dad. The four were great friends. I spent many visits with Barb and my Mom, Sally laughing at their stories. Barb was an avid reader who was always willing to share her books and opinions of what she read. She will be missed by all.

  3. You are the most amazing mother and mother-in-law we could have ever hoped for. We have so many fond memories of love and laughter that was spent with you. Our lives will never be the same from this day forward. Forever in our hearts, we will love you always.

    Rob and Maureen

  4. One doesn’t always get to choose a neighbor so I am thankful the one chosen for me was my dear friend, Barb. Enjoying many pleasant visits and sharings will remain with me for days to come.

  5. Dear Bob and family, we are so very sorry for the loss of your beloved wife, Mother, Grandmother and friend. What a beautiful soul Barb was, we will all be missing her. We wish you peace and comfort in this difficult time. Many blessings to you all…
    Judi & Jim Kimmerly xo

  6. Barbi surprised Mabel and I with such a sweet farewell. Barbi is the better half of Bob and Bob is an exceptional man with oodles of mysterious talents; one such talent evidence by his love and joy Barbi.
    Words can not express our sadness at her parting and for certain she is accessing the vale of the stars, the brightest ones at that.
    Four great boys, one great husband and friends galore, that’s her legacy a giver of love and joy what could be more fitting? Barbi and Bob will always be in our hearts and in our thoughts….how could they not be……………Terry/Mabel

  7. w0rds cant say how a wonderfull friend you were more like fsmily I will miss you and been there for me love you barblove from Audrey

  8. no words can ever say how I feel you came into my life at the age of 9 thanks for been my friend love you till the end of time please god put a rose in your hand

  9. O Barbie – my dear old Dancin’ Mate – you’ve danced far far beyond me now – rock, rollin’ and waltzing as atoms in the stars. I love you still and always will – Bob

  10. We love you and miss you so much Nan. Until we meet again……

  11. Many memories are made during a life time but none so dear as “My Bestest Friend”. My memories span so many years and when I think back they have been such a large part of my life. I will love you always and miss you the most. Thank you for letting me be part of your life. Love you, Lou

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