VAN BAARSEN, Ali (nee OUD)
May 22, 1930 – May 9, 2014
After a courageous battle with cancer we announce the peaceful passing of Ali at the age of 83. She is now at peace. Born in the Beemster, Netherlands, Ali was the youngest daughter of 12 loving brothers and sisters. Ali married John on July 18 1957 and in January 1964, Ali, John and their two young sons Peter and Albert immigrated to Canada. They lived in Smithers, BC where their daughter Mari was born. In 1970 they moved to Ladner, BC, shortly after Ali proudly became a Canadian Citizen. Ali and John had a genuinely caring relationship, based on mutual respect and support with a deep love for each other. They loved travelling and filled their retirement years with many overseas adventures. Ali’s children and grandchildren were the pride and joy of her life. The legacy of Ali’s kind spirit and zest for life will live on through them. Ali was a beautiful woman, a wonderful wife, sister, sister in law, loving mother and Oma. She loved people, always had a smile, looked for connection everywhere, forgave easily, considered the feelings of others and stood strong in her beliefs when it counted. Ali will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Ali is survived by her husband, John of nearly 57 years, her children, Peter, Albert and Mari and her grandchildren, Amanda, Adam, Andrew, Katie, Sarah, and Mackenzie & Lachlan (in New Zealand) Thank you to family, friends, nurses and doctors who have all cared for Ali, and a special thanks to Dr. Ken Lai. A Celebration of Ali’s life will be held on May 22nd at 2pm at Valley View Funeral Home Chapel, 14660 – 72nd Ave, Surrey. Donations will be gratefully acknowledged to either your local Hospice or The Irene Thomas Hospice in Ladner.