Barbara Florence HODGE

Barbara Florence HODGE

(nee Passmore)

It is with deep grief to announce the passing of Barbara Florence Hodge (nee Passmore). Born August 1, 1931 Barbara passed away at 2:24 the morning of October 27th 2008 after months of hospitalization involving lung disease (but as a non-smoker, non-asthmatic) going from severe respiratory failure in ICU in Chilliwack General Hospital, transferring to Burnaby with a slow but eventual progression of breathing independently and the beginning of speech, transferring back to CGH with the hopes of returning home. An unfortunate turn led to extreme carbon-dioxide retention resulting in her death.

Visitation will be from 1-2 PM at Henderson’s Funeral Home on Saturday November 1, 2008. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 with burial to follow at Chilliwack Cemeteries on Little Mountain. With a reception to will be held afterwards in the tea room of Henderson’s Funeral Home.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 49 years, Earl Hodge, children, daughter Kathleen Tanguay (Robert), daughter Glenna Davidson (ex.Lorne), son Kevin Hodge (Ruby), daughter Rhonda Hodge, grandchildren Chelsey van Oort (Jarome), Lacey Davidson, Matthew Soprovich, Christa Hodge, Dylan Hodge, Nicole Ryan, Aaron Ryan, great-grandchildren Hannah Williams and Noah. Barbara was married July 4th, 1959 at St. Clements Church at Higher Openshaw, Manchester, United Kingdom to Earl who had stopped in to visit his pen-pal on his way to Glasgow but never got further than Manchester. She discovered he was stationed at 4 Field workshop, Fort Chambly, Soest, Germany. They returned there the following day and in following years with adventures in Calgary, Alberta, Fort Churchill, Manitoba, back again to Germany, then to Gagetown, New Brunswick and spent the last 12 years of a 35 year Military stint on the Canadian Forces Base in Chilliwack. Even after Earl’s retirement in CHWK Barbara continued to enjoy being a housewife which included large family Christmases and bringing in the New Year the old-fashioned way. Her ability of talking for extended periods about all manner of things was renowned to all who knew her and her motto was “ It’s around here somewhere! “

The weeping willows are quiet.

The air is clear as day.

Mom you have now left us, our broken hearts astray.

Your laughter, your wit, your humour, kept us on a positive track.

Our lonely hearts will miss you, cause you won’t be coming back.

But the future is so “suring”.

You are in Heaven with your mom.

Down here We will miss you, till God does call us home.

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