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A celebration of life will be held for Mary on Saturday March 25, 2023 at Okanagan Mission Community Hall, 4409 Lakeshore Road at 12 noon.

On January 5, 2023, surrounded by her family, Mary Josephine Barrera passed away peacefully after a short but brave battle with cancer.

Mary is survived by her husband Cliff Leadley and stepdaughters April and Brett. Mary is also survived by her mother Eugenia Coltelli, sisters Josie Hagglund (Kevin) and Louise Guterres (Patrick), brother Luigi Barrera (Susanna), nieces Amanda Nelund and Meagan Graham, nephews Justin McKinlay and Jarrett Hagglund, and 3 great nieces who she adored. Mary is also survived by very special family members Shawn and Darlene Hackett. Predeceased by her father Camillo Barrera in 1986.

Mary was born June 19, 1961 in Kelowna General Hospital and lived her entire life in Kelowna. She graduated from K.L.O. Secondary in 1979. Mary loved her job. She spent years providing customers with delicious baked goods and smiles at Old Country Bakery. After Old Country Bakery was sold, Mary was not ready to retire and continued to work at the bakery in Lakeview Market. Mary loved her extended family at Lakeview Market and enjoyed going to work every day.

A celebration of life will be held for Mary on Saturday March 25, 2023 at Okanagan Mission Community Hall, 4409 Lakeshore Road at noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Cancer Agency.

Condolence Messages
  • Mar 19, 2023
    So many fond memories of Mary and Old Country Bakery - sending our thoughts and prayers to Cliff and all Mary’s family. - Roy and Barb Rolheiser and family - Green Bay
  • Mar 19, 2023
    I am really sorry to hear of Mary's passing. We always would have a great chat while at the bakery. She was always friendly and smiling. My heart goes out to her family for their loss.
    Pamela Olson and family. - Pamela Olson
  • Mar 17, 2023
    we have fond memories of Mary from the bakery at Old Country Bakery. sorry to hear of your loss
    Praying for the family....Bob & Irene Balehowsky - Irene Balehowsky
  • Mar 17, 2023
    Please accept my condolences for your loss of Mary.
    I am one of her "extended family," I guess, because I stopped in often at the bakery and it was always a pleasure to chat with her.
    She was a lovely person with an interesting sense of humour and a lively wit. This is what I remember her for.
    RIP, Mary. - Geoff Weidner
  • Mar 17, 2023
    So sorry for this loss from a fellow KLO Secondary School class of '79 grad. Rest easy Mary. Peggy Martin
  • Mar 16, 2023
    Nina and family so sorry for your loss.
    Allison and Jean Major
    - Jean Major
  • Mar 16, 2023
    Dear Cliff and family we are so sorry for you loss.
    Mary was a sweet lady and a wonderful baker.
    Hugs and love from Al and Elva.
    - Elva Webber