“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad and it.” Psalm 118:24
Vivian Barrie (Stasiuk) passed away peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus on December 4, 2018 after a short, courageous battle with cancer.
Vivian is survived by her husband of 50 years, Sidney, her daughters Kelly (Michael) Bond and Christy Barrie, grandchildren Matthew, Alora, Rebecca and Zachary Bond, grand-dogs Sookie and Riley, her brothers Mel (Kathy) Stasiuk and Stu (Linda) Stasiuk. Also remembering her fondly are many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and long-time friends. She was predeceased by her loving parents, George and Doris Stasiuk, her baby brother Lawrence, and her nephew Brett McNeely.
Vivian was born on April 12, 1947 on the family farm in Saskatchewan. After graduating from Wadena Composite High School in 1965, Vivian attended Saskatchewan Business College. Over the years, she acted as a medical records clerk, ladies boutique manager, owner and manager of Garry Robertson Music Services, customer service clerk with Convergys, however, none held a candle to her role as mother and grandmother. Her children and grandchildren brought her inordinate joy and pride and she radiated her love upon them at all moments.
Vivian met Sid in Montreal in 1967, and they were married in July 1968. As an RCMP wife, Vivian supported her husband and many young constables and their families in Pine Falls, Stonewall, Virden and Altona, Manitoba. She bolstered Sid behind the bench as an “assistant hockey coach” and her love of hockey was born. She loved the Canucks though her adoration of football and the Saskatchewan Roughriders came first!
Vivian was a devout Roman Catholic. Her faith and family were her life; Sunday Mass was always the highlight of her week. She was actively involved in her girls’ education at St. Ann’s Academy as a volunteer in many activities and events. Her compassion for others shone through as she lent an ear and an outstretched hand to many friends in need over the years. Her incredible smile and sparkling eyes made everyone know they were welcome in her presence.
With more than two dozen household moves over her lifetime, she truly knew how to make a house a home for her family. She was a talented, detail-oriented home decorator, hostess, seamstress, gardener, cook and baker with carpentry skills that ranged from building doghouses to refinishing antique furniture! Nary would a Christmas, Easter or other occasion pass without a magnificent celebration of food and family, guided by Viv’s talented organization.
Vivian had a passion for music and spent many summers with her family at the Big Valley Jamboree Country Music festival volunteering with the Knights of Columbus for Father Lucien Larre’s Bosco Homes.
A debilitating stroke in Fall 2010 left her in a wheelchair but her tenacity and determination served her well through this challenge unto her final days. She and Sid moved to North Vancouver for several years which allowed many wonderful moments with her four grandchildren. At that time, she joined the North Shore Stroke Recovery Group to help her rehabilitation. She later joined the Kamloops Stroke group and made many great friends.
The nursing staff of 4 North, Drs Montgomery, Rolheiser, and Hamilton as well as the staff at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice provided the most compassionate of care and the family is ever-grateful.
Vigil Prayers and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Raphael Boansi on Sunday, December 9 at 7pm and Monday, December 10 at 11am respectively at Holy Family Parish, 2797 Sunset Drive, Kamloops, BC. Interment to follow at Hillside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vivian’s memory to Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home.