On March 28, 2021, Barbara Wheable-Front died at age 68 in her home in Concord, CA from complications of metastatic cancer. Born in Oakland and raised in Pleasant Hill, she lived in numerous places across the US and Europe before re-settling back in California in 1988. She became a Registered Nurse in 2004, and was a compassionate and fierce advocate for her patients and loved by her coworkers. She was a surfer, hiker, gourmet cook, meditator, writer, and avid reader, always seeking to learn about many diverse subjects. She is survived by her husband Adam Front, her siblings, Michael Wheable, Melodee Parker, and Kit Barlow, her children Matthew Wright, Jennifer Sarrica, Kelly Sarrica, Joseph Sarrica, Louis Sarrica, and Jorden South, 11 grandchildren, as well as a large circle of extended family and friends. Her warm heart, adventurous spirit, and sharp, inquisitive mind will be missed by all who knew her. At her request, no memorial service will be held, as she wanted those who knew her to remember her life, not her death. We ask you to keep her in your thoughts, prayers, hearts, and memories. For those wishing to remember her in other ways, donations in her name can be made to the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, the research funding arm of the Society for Gynecological Oncology, at https://www.foundationforwomenscancer.org/support-us/donate/, or memorial trees may be planted in her name through American Forests, at Memorial Gift Of Trees - American Forests Giving.
He could smell the sadness,
his soulful eyes scanning the room,
the bed covers rumpled, tissues littering the floor,
his human mama laying there, looking so weak and helpless.
She was such a warrior of life, afraid of nothing and now -
she and human papa lying there, papa’s cheeks wet, eyes red, mama staring faraway at something neither he nor papa could see.
He could also smell the rough acrid scent of cancer,
more and more over the past few years.
When he was a pup it was such a faint scent,
hardly there at all sometimes.
And all the pills she took,
and the times they came back to the den smelling of
the sharp antiseptic odor that made him sneeze,
after they had been to the hospital for her treatments.
But she was so strong, and now to see her this way
made him sigh and know that soon
he would not be able to nuzzle her and lick her face,
or feel her soft hands stroking his long thick fur,
scratching him behind the ears and giving belly rubs.
Soon it would be just him and papa.
The way she felt in the bed snuggling, sharing the clear crisp air
when she took him for walks, the sound of her voice like warm milk
and fresh baked cookies…
All that would be a sweet memory that only he and papa shared
To plant a tree in memory of Barbara Elayne Wheable-Front, please click here.
Memorial Gift Of Trees - American Forests Giving
Foundation For Women's Cancer