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June 27, 1962 ~ March 2, 2023 (age 60) 60 Years Old
Wanda Barber passed away on March 2, 2023, at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California following a brief illness, surrounded by friends and family members. She was born in Brooklyn, New York to the late Tomas Candelario and Haydee Candelario. Wanda then as a child, moved and settled in South California and was raised in Torrance, California.
Following graduation from Bishop Montgomery High School, Wanda applied to and was accepted into the nursing program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Later, she went on to complete her nursing certification at Los Angeles City College. As a registered nurse, Wanda had extraordinary compassion and skill while treating patients under her care. Later in her nursing career she became active in providing supportive and comfort care to hospice patients at home. Wanda was an advocate of having patients remain at home during treatment whenever possible.
On October 11, 2014, Wanda married her husband Mark Barber who survives. Also surviving is her mother Haydee Candelario of Poway, California, and her two children Tara Nicole Chenier, of Lake Arrowhead, California and Thomas Anthony Chenier of Rialto, California.
A Funeral Mass will be held for her at Saint Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Poway on March 24th, 2023, at 10AM. A Celebration of Life reception will be held at the Barber Residence in Poway, following the funeral Mass.
There will be no internment. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Wanda’s name to LIFESHARING at 7436 Mission Valley Rd, San Diego, CA 92108 or at www.lifesharing.org/financial-gifts/ and at the Interfaith Community Service’s Betty and Melvin Cohn Center at 550 W. Washington Ave. in Escondido, California.