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Barbara Georgina Gibson-Dutton

September 7, 1936 - February 18, 2021


In Duncan, BC, on Thursday, February 18th, 2021, Barbara Georgina Gibson-Dutton, loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother, passed away at the age of 84.
Barbara was born in Montreal, Quebec on September 7th, 1936, to Georgina Grey and Alexander Kay Gibson, into a family that would include brothers Rolland and Wesley and sister Ellen. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Donald, her two sons, Scott (Catherine) and Brent (Gogae), and grandchildren Taryn, Cameron, Olivia and Ellie, as well as her sister Ellen, brother Wesley and several nieces and nephews. 
Over the course of her life, Barbara developed and nurtured an extensive network of friends and acquaintances with whom she shared a passion for the arts. She joined a number of artist’s guilds and collectives, providing her with a sense of community as well as the opportunity to display and sell her art over a period of many years. Whether with a paint brush, needle & thread, sewing machine, or kiln, Barbara’s artistic curiosity led her down many paths and provided the foundation for many life-long friendships. She deeply cherished gathering with friends over lunch to sew, chat, paint or stitch and often drove great distances to join her friends for a game of bridge. 
Hosting holiday gatherings for the extended family was particularly important for Barbara, a tradition she and Donald maintained for many years. She accumulated an extensive photo collection of these family events, as well as gatherings of friends and fellow artists which she carefully organized with a deeply-felt sense of responsibility. We would like to share these photos with you in a “Celebration of Life” presentation to be held online in the coming weeks, since the current pandemic has made it impossible for us to hold a funeral service where we could gather to share our thoughts and heal our hearts. In addition to photos from across the many chapters of her life, we will be sharing insights into her art, her family history and the numerous crafts & arts groups which provided her so much joy and fulfillment. For Barbara, living was equivalent to doing – she was always focussing her talents on something and left us with many records of her endeavours to share with you all. Assembling this presentation will take considerable time but we will be contacting you all once again in the coming weeks with the instructions you’ll need to join us for this celebration of her life. 
Finally, for those who might wish to send flowers, we kindly invite you to make a donation to one of two institutions Donald has chosen on Barbara’s behalf; the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation, which supports the hospital where doctors and staff provided her invaluable care and support. Further information about both of these institutions can be found using the “Memorial Gift” button above.
Love to all, 
Donald, Scott and Brent. 


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H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Colette
Relation: Friend, fellow quilter

Don, Scott, Brent and Families — Barbara became my friend when I joined Victoria’s Quilts Canada-KEMPTVILLE Branch. We enjoyed many luncheons and get-togethers and she taught me a lot about quilting. I sure miss her. Please accept our condolences. Colette & Peter Stanisci, Kemptville, Ontario

From: Terry Richmond and Doug Ward
Relation: Neighbours from BROWN’S INLET in Ottawa

Dear Don, Brent and Scott. Doug and I are so very sorry to have gotten this sad news about Barbara. She was SUCH a force. Ironically, we were just chatting about our dear Dutton neighbours only two days ago, and we were recalling all the lovely hand-painted treasures from Barbara — ornaments and tooth fairy boxes — we still have tucked away. Our thoughts are with you all.

From: Libby Monaco
Relation: Neighbors fors many years.

Sending sincere condolences to you all. Very sad news. Hold your cherished memories close in your heart. Love, Libby and Mario

From: Edward Kozicki
Relation: A great friend.

Having met Barbara in a short period of time is one of the joys both myself and my wife will forever cherish. She was a valuable member of the “NEWBIES” and will be missed.

From: Bev burpee
Relation: Book club ,merrickville

Many fond memories and sending my deepest sympathy to Barbara’s family

From: Jocelyn Rait
Relation: Friend and neighbour

Barbara was a valued friend and neighbour. She introduced me to Victoria’s Quilts where she was an impressive member of the executive, and we enjoyed getting together as neighbours. Barbara was the most organized person I have ever met and I am always trying to meet her high standards in everything I do! We have been missing Barbara and Don since they moved to BC, but now we really miss her. Our sympathies go our to Don, Scott and Brent and their families. Jocelyn and Alec Rait

From: Shirley Farquhar
Relation: Friend

I was heart broken to hear of Barbara’s passing. I met Barbara over 35 years ago through my Mom, May Robertson, who was a dear friend of Barbara’s. After my mom passed Barbara and I remained friends and we met monthly at Stitch and Chat. She and I shared a love of quilting and she taught me invaluable lessons of sewing and life. I have wonderful memories of sewing quilts for Quilts of Valour in her cozy studio. Every Christmas Barbara hosted our potluck lunch and went to great lengths to set a beautiful table and welcome us with such a warm heart. I will miss her terribly and my deepest sympathies go to Don, Scott and Brent.

From: Mike & Judi Millard
Relation: friend and neighbour

Judi and I are Don and Barbara’s neighbours. We first met in their driveway when they were in the seemingly unending process of unpacking after their move from Ontario. Minutes after our initial meeting Barbara came knocking on our door to give Judi a quilt Barbara and her association made for cancer patients to keep warm while receiving chemo. Barb’s thoughtful generosity and care for Judi after only a brief introduction told us much about the kind of person she was. Our impression was confirmed when sometime later Barbara again came knocking on our door, this time delivering a bouquet of daffodils with the message “Happy Spring Day!” Lasting impressions of a special lady from short, but meaningful encounters.

Mike & Judi Millard

From: Suzanne and Wesley Gibson
Relation: family

Dear Don, Scott and Brent, our deepest sympathy to you at your loss, we will keep close our memories gathered all these years, too many to mention, we can only imagine how long these past months must have been for Barbara as she gave it everything she had and the courage to keep going but it would appear there was a greater plan for her, we know she is at peace, in our thoughts and prayers, Wesley (Suzanne Lanctot-Gibson spouse of Wesley)

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