She was born to parents Nelson and Thelma Genge, October 28, 1930, in Gananoque, ON.
Youngest of three sisters: Georgina Blancher (deceased), and Eileen Brown.
As a girl she lived in Kingston, ON, before moving to Sand Bay, ON.
Graduated from Normal School (Teachers College) in Ottawa, ON in 1950.
She taught from 1950-1955, and 1965-1988, and was the first kindergarten teacher in Lansdowne, ON.
She was married to Calvin Leith (deceased) on July 1, 1955. They were married for 48 years.
From 1955-1977 they both lived at Elm Brae Farm. Calvin farmed, while Barbara taught at the school in Lansdowne. In 1977, they built a house on the 1000 Island Parkway, where they both lived until 2003, when Calvin passed. She then lived in Lansdowne, ON from 2004-2015. Moving to Waterloo, ON to be closer to family in 2015.
Barbara is survived by her two children: Katherine Lake (Bob) of Waterloo, ON, and Cameron Leith (Juli) of Conestogo, ON. She is also survived by three grandchildren: Timothy Lake (Shirley) of North York, ON, Carolyn Johnston (Brad) of Kitchener, ON, and Taylor Leith (engaged to Cansis) of Conestogo, ON. Barbara was blessed by 4 great grandchildren: Sadie and Amelia Johnston, and Thomas and Eleanor Lake.
Barbara was a devoted wife and mother, who adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her strong Christian faith permeated everything she did. She had a passion for education and sought to make school fun for all her students. She loved to sing and often sang solos. She was involved in the choir at Lansdowne United Church, along with several other singing groups, over the years. Barbara had an avid interest in natural health and was always wanting to share her latest discovery.
Interment Ceremony to be held on Saturday June 17, at 1 pm, at Union Cemetery (482 Union Rd. Township of Leeds & 1000 Islands, ON). Followed by a Celebration of Life, at 2pm, at Lansdowne United Church (25 Miller St. Lansdowne, ON). Refreshments will be served after.
As per Barbara’s request, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the following:
Lisaard House in Cambridge, ON (or a local hospice as they provide valuable support) - www.lisaardandinnisfree.com/support-us
Canadian Cancer Society - cancer.ca/en/ways-to-give/personal-donation
Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada (Alaina Johnston at the University of Ottawa, ON campus) - ivcf.ca/people/alaina-johnston/
Lansdowne United Church - united-church.ca/donate (note the church name in the donation comments)
Messages and condolences may be left for the family at www.tricitycremations.com or 519.772.1237. Please visit Barbara's obituary notice on Facebook.
“Truly my soul finds rest in God.” Psalm 62:1