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Barbara Kathleen Olsen

September 12th, 1949 - June 18th, 2021
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It is with deep sadness that we announce that Barbara passed away suddenly on Friday 18 June 2021. Born on the 12 of September, Barbara lived most of her life in Vancouver, before settling in White Rock.

She is survived by her loving husband of 23 years, Tony Andrews; her children, Chris and Kerry Olsen and their father Ray Olsen; step-children Kris (Brenda) and Lindsay (Tony) and grandchildren; Claire, Mackenzie, and Brooklynn.

Barbara is predeceased by her parents, Lyall and Kay Bell, and her brother Barry. Together they made up the Four Bells, prominent members of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, and a force to be reckoned with.

Barbara commenced a career in real estate and spent several decades working passionately in this field; first as an agent, then a manager, business owner and educator. She loved this job, and even published a book on real estate contract law.

Barb, or Barbie, was excellent in a crisis and would do everything she could to help out her family, friends and colleagues. If you needed something done, this was your woman.

She also loved entertaining, throwing parties, and celebrations. She spoiled the people she loved in her life, although she did gift her son with the same set of pots and pans two years in a row. We never said she was perfect.

More than anything, though, Barbie loved a good joke. We won’t pretend they were always in good taste, but boy oh boy, did that woman love a laugh.

Barb chased the sun, and she and Tony were lucky enough to travel and spend time away from dreary Canadian winters each year. We are happy to say she passed on a warm and sunny Vancouver day, her favourite kind of weather.

We loved you more than life itself, Barbara Bell-Olsen.

There will be a service when our daughter Kerry can come home from Australia. Flowers gratefully declined in favour of donations to the BC Cancer Foundation. View Tribute Book.


Jim McCaughan
December 2nd, 2022

I always valued Barbara as a wealth of knowledge and passion and an inspirational REALTOR. She positively impacted thousands and will be greatly missed by all of us. I loved having her as a colleague. Jim McCaughan

Wes Jamison
December 2nd, 2022

I met Barb in about 1998 through Stewart Henderson. She was part of the Coldwell Banker group then in Vancouver. She was always a giving person and I got to know her well over the years and I was always grateful for her insight. We had a ton of laughs especially at her writing enforceable contracts course and I looked forward to her emails "Barb's buzz" with the latest trends in our business. I will remember her fondly. Peace be with you Barb. Wes J.

Lisa & Glenn Chivers
December 2nd, 2022

Hi Tony

When someone as special as Barb lives the way she did, her legacy is sure to live on through the many lives she touched.

Letting you know we are thinking of you and we are here for you

Lisa & Glenn Chivers

Chris Simmons
December 2nd, 2022

My condolences to Tony, Kerry, Chris and the extended family.
Barb will be missed by everyone at RLP Westside.
Chris Simmons

Debbie Andrews
December 2nd, 2022
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Dear Tony and Family. I am so sorry for your loss. Barbie was such a wonderful person. She was always so thoughtful to remember to send good wishes at birthdays and Christmas. I will always remember her larger than life contagious laugh and smile. My heart goes out to you all at this sad time. Sending you love and hugs... Debbie

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