Ethel MAPPIN

MAPPIN Ethel Violet Oct. 30 1914 – Sept. 22, 2008 Vi passed away peacefully in Edmonton at the Misericordia Hospital in the company of her family. A vivacious woman, Vi was born into an Irish family in St. James, then outside of Winnipeg. She lived an active life that spanned a multitude of changes and she embraced all of them, living graciously and with enthusiasm, dwelling first in Winnipeg, then in Calgary, Montreal, Killam, Rimbey, Red Deer and Edmonton. She retained friends in all of these communities. Vi liked to work hard, always successful regardless of the jobs or industries in which she worked. Her last career was as a successful restaurateur. In retirement she put her energy into volunteer work, square dancing, walking, and gardening, enjoying her time with many neighbours and friends in Red Deer. During WWII Vi met and married an Air Force serviceman, William A. Mappin. They settled first in Calgary and began a family that would grow to three children, David, Wendy, and Kenneth. Her efforts as a mom left lasting memories of her imagination in devising and constructing play environments for her children and their friends, and her enduring love and support. Always central to Vi's life were her relationships with her brothers and sisters, especially her sister Jean and her husband Bert, with whom she traveled extensively, and her brother Herb and his wife Diane, with whom she shared a love of big band music and dancing. Predeceased by her husband, William, her youngest son, Kenneth, her sister, Dorothy Devenney, her sister and brother-in-law Jean and Bert Williams, and her brother Herb Devenney. Vi leaves to mourn her son David Mappin (Sharon Jamieson) in Edmonton; her daughter Wendy (Dick) Nickel in Penticton; her grandchildren, Danielle Forth (Blair Haeser) and Jason Forth of Edmonton; Deanna (Pierre) Morris of Winnipeg; Deborah Nickel of Calgary; her great- grandchildren, Justin, Emily, Christian and Elizabeth; her brother Martin (Carmen) Devenney in Arizona; her sister-in-law, Diane Devenney in Calgary; her nephew Bob (Helen) Williams in Vancouver; and many other nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. A memorial service and celebration of Vi's life will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 2:00 pm in the Eventide Memorial Chapel in Red Deer with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Ethel Violet Mappin may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be forwarded to the family through: eventide@telusplanet.net


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