Vivian Hansberry 1931 — 2020

Vivian Hansberry

It is with great sorrow that the family of Vivian Hansberry, of Kamloops, announces her passing on November 28, 2020 at Royal Inland Hospital at the age of 88.

She is survived by her companion John, nephew Steve (Roccio), Richard (Trudi), David, Donald and a number of great nieces, nephews and many cousins. She was predeceased by her parents Matthew and Marie Anna Swanston, brother Donald and sister Roberta. Those who knew Vivian knew her to be independent, determined and full of life.  She was born in Alberta in 1931 and the family moved to Vancouver BC when she was 10.  At age 26, she made her way to Australia where she lived until moving back to Canada in 2009.

 Vivian loved to travel and her job as a flight hostess with Qanta’s Airways from 1958 to

1978, certainly gave her many opportunities to see the world and meet many interesting people.

 She also loved sports, both as a spectator and a participant.  She was an avid skier (she skied downhill at Sun Peaks on her 80th birthday) and enjoyed golf.  Her love of sports was combined with her love of travel when, on a number of occasions, she volunteered for PGA tournaments and Olympic Games.

 Vivian was fond of her “happy snaps” and has albums full of memories.

Due to current Covid restrictions, no funeral will be held.

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6 Tributes

  1. Bill Quigley
    Posted December 1, 2020 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    As you traveled the world during your time on earth now you journey is heavenly bound,

  2. Sharon Rambo
    Posted December 3, 2020 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Vivian, You will be missed by our Ravishing Rubies group of the Crown Jewels of Canada.
    We all enjoyed your stories of your adventures and travels. Rest in Peace our friend.

  3. Sandi Lloyd
    Posted December 5, 2020 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I met Vivian at our Kamloops Art Group. I took her home a few times and was delighted to see her work and hear the stories that went with her paintings and photos. I was impressed by her enthusiasm and effort she made to get out with us despite her mobility issues. She was an inspiration and I was happy to know her. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  4. Donna Pattern
    Posted December 7, 2020 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    The Kamloops YMCA – YWCA will miss her! She was always so fun to visit with!

  5. Melissa MacLean
    Posted December 10, 2020 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Dearest Vivian! You were my favorite client when I was in hairdressing school. I will never forget your generosity and ability to live life to its fullest! You will be greatly missed! My daughter still sleeps with the purple bear blanket you gifted her! Much love to you Viv and John!

  6. Debbie Meadows
    Posted January 1, 2021 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    I had only known you short while. But I held you close to my heart. I am so sorry to hear this. May you Rest In Peace. And please. Watch over my golf game and shoot me some pointers from time to time. Much love to your family and friends who will miss you dearly.

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