Barbara, much-loved mum to Debbie and Laura and inspiration for the Darling Roses, passed away on Friday 19th April. Barbara had battled bravely against cancer for over two years. Her strength and will to live had been so great that (and this will sound slightly strange) you could forget, when you were with her, that she was fighting that terrible illness at all. She carried on, as she always had done, filling her life with family and friends and never sitting still. She was the original party queen (I will never forget the karaoke parties!) and an amazingly talented crafty lady - brilliant at knitting and stitching, and always busy with something wonderful at home, whether cooking or jam-making or tending to her beautiful gardens. It was clear though that family was number one priority for Barbara.
Debbie started our WI, and she's often said that it was her mum who really inspired her to do this. And Barbara's been with us from the start, as a founding member and the spark for our name. When we were first trying to come up with a name, Debbie's only request was could it include the word 'Rose' as this was her mum's middle name. So, Barbara has been at the heart of what we've done, and our shock at her loss is profound.
We're thinking very much of Debbie, Laura, Peter, Graham, Dot, Mark, Maria and Barbara's beloved grandchildren Archie, Maggie and Millie and all of Barbara's family and friends who are trying to come to terms with her loss. Goodbye to our friend Barbara, you will always be in our thoughts xx