Viola SAXBY

SAXBY Viola Saxby of Pine Lake, Alberta passed away peacefully at the Red Deer hospital on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 in her 87th year – beloved wife of Stan Saxby for 59 years and loving mother of Bonnie (Albert) Defehr, June (Ron) Berg and Judy Saxby(Bob May). Born in Red Deer on July 12, 1919 Vi lived her entire life at Pine Lake, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She cared deeply for her family and was especially fond of her grandchildren. Her life was enriched by her extended family – her many nieces and nephews, friends and neighbours who’s caring and support through the years made the tough times bearable and the good times great. She found particular pleasure and enjoyment in having them at her home for visits and dinners. In her own way Vi was an adventurer in life, seldom content to just accept the norm. She was proud of the summer camp she ran for several years teaching city children how to ride horses and share her love of the outdoors. Her many trips with Stan in their motor home throughout Canada and the US and their trips to Australia, Hawaii and Alaska and her trip to Europe were highlights in her life. She loved her garden and expressed her creative side throughout her life in painting, ceramics, and making memorable gifts for her family. Vi was a member of the Red Cross, the Pine Lake Community Choir, the Holy Trinity Anglican Church and the Pine Lake Ladies Hub. She willingly took on the very demanding roll of caregiver to Stan after his stroke several years ago aided in the last few years by a special friend and caregiver Lourdes Alberto whose warmth, patience and knowledge provided immeasurable support. In addition to her husband and immediate family Vi will be missed by her grandchildren, Jarrett (Nancy) McInenly of Calgary, Lisa (Don) Salmon and David McInenly of Red Deer, Denise Watts (Clint) or Toronto, Isaak Berg (Shari) of Pittsburgh, Penn., Robin Berg (Ashley Brown) of Calgary, Peter Berg (Sally Hindle) of Lloydminister, Ginny and Morgan May of Nelson, B.C. and her great grandchildren, Rylan and Karisa Salmon, Hunter and Kaci McInenly and Connor Berg. She will also be sadly missed by her brother, Bill Stoness (Rita) of Torrington, her many nieces and nephews who were always special to her, her goddaughter, Wanda Souminen and many cherished friends. Vi will be missed, but never forgotten. A viewing will be held at the Eventide Funeral Chapel in Red Deer on Sunday, September 25th from 2:00 – 4:00. A Celebration of Vi’s Life will be held at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Pine Lake on Monday, September 26, at 2:00 pm. Interment to follow at the Pine Lake Cemetery. A lunch will be served at the Pine Lake Hub following interment. If desired, Memorial donations in Vi’s honour may be made directly to the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Box 36, Pine Lake, Alberta, T0M 1S0.


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