VIALA, Elisabeth Marie
May 14, 1917 – Apr. 15, 2013
Elisabeth Marie Viala passed away at the Red Deer Hospice on Monday, April 15, 2013. Our beloved “little mommy” was a loving, generous and supportive mother who made enormous sacrifices to ensure the success of her family.
Elisabeth was born on May 14, 1917 in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan to Camille and Philomene Perthuis, and spent a most happy childhood on the family farm. She married Joseph Viala in 1941; together they raised their three children on a farm near Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan and in Newton, British Columbia. Throughout her long life, Elisabeth was a homemaker, farm wife and co-owner of a motel/trailer park, but she often said the “best job in the world” was as a daycare operator. She just loved children.
Our visits to local parks and events were enhanced by people who came forward to fondly reminisce about the role she played in their children’s lives. Elisabeth’s final years were greatly enriched by the friends she made while residing at Waskasoo Towers and the Parkvale and Pine Lodges. Her deep Catholic faith was a source of strength and comfort throughout her life.
Elisabeth is survived by her daughters, Rita Innes (Rick) and Michelle Crothers (Dan); daughter-in-law, Marg Viala; grandchildren, Todd Innes (Heather), Sean Viala, Erin Viala and Rhiannon Crothers; great grandchildren, Sarah and James Innes; and by her brother, Marcel Perthuis.
She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph; son, Paul Viala; grandson, Guy Innes; and brothers, Gaston, Bernard and Richard.
A Private family Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Reverend Father Martin Carroll presiding. Interment will follow at Alto Reste Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Elisabeth’s honor may be made directly to the Red Deer Hospice Society, 99 Arnot Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4R 3S6 or to the Piper Creek Foundation, #301, 4719 – 48 Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4N 3T1. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.reddeerfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements entrusted to
RED DEER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM
6150 – 67 Street, Red Deer.
Phone (403) 347-3319.