March 26, 1934. Four years after her mother Mona’s death, Barbara Wood was coming home from a movie with her boyfriend. He rounded a curve too fast, and the car flipped over. Passers-by were able to rescue him, but Barbara was not so lucky. She died at the scene of the accident. She was just 19 years old.
It’s hard to imagine the effect of this tragedy on her relatives in Kingston. Her grandfather Archie died the following year, and his wife Corrie four months later. It was the end of a very painful period in the Knight family story.
Mona’s daughter was full of life and laughter. A year after her mother’s death, she wrote a chatty letter to her grandfather Archie:
“My friend is having a house party. There are going to be nine girls…. We will take turns cooking. I’m afraid I’m not much of a cook but I can manage breakfast all right… Please congratulate Aunt Phyllis for me, she must be a very good golf player…”
Three years after Mona’s singing performance for the Governor-General and his wife, tragedy struck. On a Saturday night during the Christmas holidays, Mona was driving home when her car hit a patch of ice. It spun around and crashed into a taxi. Mona was thrown against the steering wheel and died from her injuries.
Left behind were her husband Herbert and three children: Archie (17), Barbara (15) and Philip (9).
By 1921, Mona and her husband were running a busy household in Vancouver–with three children, a French nurse, and a Chinese cook named Wing.