Barbara Hills (Taylor)
October 9, 1953 – March 16, 2018
Barb was born in Stratford, the third child of eight born to Betty and Ernie Taylor.
Barb realized her natural gift as a caretaker and graduated from nursing school with a reputation for being actively engaged in student life. She held the vocation of nursing in high regard, and was honoured to provide care in time of need. She worked as a psychiatric nurse at Stratford General Hospital assisting many people in the community. She became a director on the board for the Ontario Nurses Association, and took joy in horticulture therapy. Barbara found enjoyment in responsibility and advocating for the wellness of others.
Barb, along with her then-husband, and now life-long friend, Martin, raised two daughters, Amberley Babbage and Rachel Conduit. She taught them optimism, the value of hard work, and passed on her fondness for gardening.
Through Barb’s perseverance and positive attitude, she was able to live eight years with her terminal cancer diagnosis. She watched her granddaughter, Anabelle, grow up, and lived to learn of a new grandchild on the way. The family thanks her medical team and support workers for giving her the gift of time, and supporting her ability to live in her home for so many years.
She is survived by her seven siblings: Karen Gastmeier, Lynda Rankin, Ellen Mathie, Brian Taylor, Ruth Sickinger, Ross Taylor and April Taylor. She will be dearly missed by those who had the pleasure to know her.
Barb’s wishes were to have a simple cremation, an evening service followed by a celebration of life. The service will be Wednesday March 21, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford followed by a celebration in the Reception Centre. Smiles not tears. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Grand River Regional Cancer Center. 519.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
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Stratford, Ontario N5A 5T7
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