Barbara Hands

HANDS Barbara - nee Lloyd of The Pentre, Bronygarth, passed away on the 3 April 2020 as the sun rose in England and set in Australia where she had lived for many years, following a bravely borne battle with cancer. She was at home with her brother Ron Lloyd, nephew James and his wife Helen and children Ethan and Emelia Lloyd. Barbara's Children, Julie and Robert Hands were unable to be at her side at this difficult time due to the travel restrictions across the world, but were in constant contact and she heard their voices right through to her passing. The family wished to express their deep thank to Drs Fox and Roberts at Chirk Surgery and the District Nurses for their professional and compassionate care throughout. Barbara was born at her maternal family home at Llandyn Hall, Llangollen, by Castell Dinas Bran where her grandparents farmed, during a deep snow storm in November 1938, before her parents Charlotte and Arthur Lloyd moved back to The Pentre at the start of the War. Barbara, her brother Ron and cousin Hilary went to school at Bronygarth and then onto Oswestry. She first worked at a department store in town where she met and befriended Shirley Edwards who would later become her sister in law. They became great friends travelling and working in Llandudno before they both moved to London, where she met her future husband Ken Hands in the new year of 1966. They married in August and set out to live in Australia where they built their first home in an Orange Grove in Lesmerdie in the hills behind Perth then later built another at Gooseberry Hill. She was an avid gardener all of her life and created flowering beauty and delicious edible gardens wherever she went. In 1980 she returned to England with Rob and Juls to live at an old family home, Rhos Cottage, Quinta, Weston Rhyn. Barbara worked at Marks and Spencer's in Shrewsbury then Boots Oswestry as senior cashier for many years before retiring. Rob and Juls both moved back to Australia, Rob became a successful Ships Tug Master and Juls a Nurse at Bowen Hospital when not following her passion of flying their light aircraft from their private airstrip near the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, where Barbara spent many happy holidays each year she visited. Both Rob and Juls phoned, emailed and face timed each week so they could share each other's lives. Rob and Juls wished to say they are so grateful her life passed where it began at The Pentre, surrounded by family looking out over the Aqueduct and Viaduct across the valley. The family are going to create a new 'Barbara' garden at the Pentre and lay her ashes to rest amongst the flowers, we truly believe she would have loved that. Julie and Robert Hands.