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Barbara Mary Corkery

October 6, 1931 - December 13, 2011


Barbara Mary Corkery passed away on December 13, 2011 in Jubilee Manor at the age of 80.
She was born October 6th, 1931 in the city of St. Helens in Lancashire England to Captain Arthur Litherland OBE and Ellen Noblet Litherland. The youngest of three children, she studied physiotherapy in nearby Liverpool and upon graduating, worked at the Providence Hospital in St Helens. This is where she met Patrick Corkery, a recently qualified doctor from Ireland whom she decided to marry. This marriage would last 54 years. She was raised Anglican but became a Catholic like Patrick and it was her faith that sustained her in her long illness.
They were married in 1957 and had two children, John and Bridget. They made another significant decision in 1966 and decided to emigrate to Canada and started anew in Lloydminster and then Edmonton, Alberta. Patrick continued to practice medicine and Barbara physiotherapy but her real passion was golf. Always an athlete, as her trophies attest to, she and Patrick played golf at every opportunity. The competition was fierce as she occasionally bested him but it was always friendly.
In 1983 they left the prairies and moved to St John, New Brunswick and Barbara was back by the ocean again. They spent many happy years there, especially after Patrick retired, going to concerts, playing golf, and travelling back to England and Ireland to see family. However, at some point Barbara knew not all was well with her health and insisted they move closer to their children, John resides in Calgary and Bridget with her husband Michael Grace and three boys, Gavin, Adam and Neil live here in Nelson.
So in 2005, they moved back west and finally settled in Nelson. Unfortunately, this is where her eyesight began to fail which robbed her of three of her favorite pastimes, driving, reading and working on her original needlework designs. Eventually, Alzheimers disease began to take hold and prevented her from playing golf. Throughout everything, she found solace in her faith and her family and we remember her as beautiful and strong.
The family would like to thank, the medical community, the Catholic parish, Broader Horizons, and the Alzheimer Society. We would especially like to note the wonderful care Barbara received at Jubilee Manor, and the support provided by her neighbours.


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Date & Time:
December 16, 2011
Beginning at 10:00am

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate
813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T4

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Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T4

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