NIBLOCK, Violet Mamie (Nee Nelson)
April 27, 1923 Rainy Creek near Bentley, Alberta
January 16, 2017 Innisfail, Alberta
It is with great sadness we announce that, surrounded by family, Violet Niblock peacefully passed away in the Innisfail Hospital on January 16th at the age of 93 years.
Violet was a wonderful lady, who treasured her family and made friendships easily; many of which lasted entire lifetimes.
Violet was born and went to school in the Rainy Creek area of Alberta (near Bentley), the second oldest girl of eight children of Marius and Ava Nelson. Family picnics of the large extended Nelson and Burger families were a special remembrance.
In 1941, Violet married Joe Niblock and moved to the Innisfail area. First to a homestead farm, and then to a house across from the Niobe elevator which Joe ran until his retirement. They then moved to Innisfail where they lived for the remainder of each of their lives.
Joe and Violet had 3 children, Gail (John Mann), Larry (Joan), and David (Valerie). They were also blessed with seven grandchildren, Crystal (Heidi), Kevin (Christine), Stuart, Scott, Leanne, Jenny (George Lesko), and James, as well as 9 great grandchildren, Darren, Emily and Cassie, Alex, Katie, and Ava, Ivory, Makiah and Phoenix.
Violet is survived by her sister, Kay (Scotty Cameron, 1998), her brother, Nels (Annette), and their families.
Violet was predeceased by her husband, Joe (1985), daughter Gail (1998), her parents Marius and Ava Nelson, her sister Almeda and brothers Samuel, Vincent, Andrew, and Walter.
For the past 20 years, Aunty Violet was the last senior member of the Niblock generation, and will be deeply missed by all members of the Niblock, Daines, Champ, Lewellyn, and Drummond families, who loved hearing her stories.
Violet loved to garden both vegetables and flowers, with her flower gardens always having the brightest and biggest displays of colours. Hand watering and fertilizing always seemed to bring out the best of all of her plants. Violet also volunteered her entire life, even into her late 80’s. She volunteered at the Innisfail Legion, Meals on Wheels, Food Bank, the Historical Village, the Innisfail Tourist Bureau, and all church functions, as she was a long-term member of both the United and Presbyterian churches.
Violet lived a full life. She loved to bake and cook, to curl, to fish and camp, and to spend time with friends and family. Violet also worked at the Innisfail variety store and Houseman’s drug store. She especially liked working with the customers, she knew everyone’s name, and they all knew her.
Violet’s family was very important to her and she spent all the time she could talking and visiting with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They remember wonderful family holidays, camping in the motor home and fishing, her candy jar that was never empty, her tight hugs, and her constant love and encouragement.
The Niblock family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Maree and the staff at the Innisfail Hospital for making Violet’s last few days comfortable.
If desired, in lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of ones’ choice.
A funeral service will be held at the Innisfail United Church on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
HEARTLAND FUNERAL SERVICES LTD., Innisfail entrusted with arrangements. 403-227-0006. www.heartlandfuneralservices.com