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Born: Oct 05, 1917

Date of Passing: Sep 17, 2019

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1917 - 2019

The Downey Family is sad to announce the passing of Vivian Downey, our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She left us just three weeks shy of her 102 birthday on September 17, 2019, at the Middlechurch Home.
She was predeceased by her husband, Norman; and her sons, Verne and Mel; her parents; and all her siblings. She leaves to cherish her memory, sons, Brian (Pat), Del (Brenda); daughter Valdene (Terry) of Sydney, Australia; and daughters-in-law, Deanne and Arlene. She also leaves nine grandchildren, Rick, Mike and Cheryl, Darren and Ryan, Kim and Lisa, Megan, Amy; 13 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Vivian was born on October 5, 1917 in Katrime, MB. She married Norman in 1939 and lived in Winnipeg. From 1947 to 1956 they lived and farmed in the Langruth and Arden districts before returning to Winnipeg.
Her working career was first and foremost raising her five children and then working for Canada Safeway as a cashier. Vivian was a great craftsman doing ceramics, paper toile, needlepoint, petit point, and cross-stitch, some of which are showcased in all of the families homes.
Vivian attended Silver Heights Seventh Day Adventist Church until her health no longer allowed this. The family wishes to extend a special "thank you" to all the staff of the Middlechurch Home for the care given to their mother.
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 24 at 10:00 a.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue. Her grandchildren will be pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 21, 2019

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • My mother Edna Bull and Vivian were first cousins. They were close in age and close growing up and later and in life. I always enjoyed seeing Vivian at family events but hadn't seen her for a few years. I just saw her obituary a few days ago. My condolences to the family. I am also sad to see that Roger Cummings has died. He was always nice to my mum. Barbara Sigurdson - Posted by: Barbara Sigurson (Cousin) on: Oct 07, 2019

  • Our sympathy to Vivian's family at this time of grief and loss. Though we now live in Stettler, AB, we attended the same church with her and Norman in the late 1970s in Winnipeg and appreciated getting to know them. We really enjoyed visiting with her from time to time since then. I could ask her questions on McKelvy family history and she would know the answer! Our last visit with her was the summer of 2017 and she was as sharp as ever. She was the daughter of I think it was Annie McKelvy, and my father was the son of Florence McKelvy, Annie's sister. My grandma Florence Ramsay was Vivian's aunt. The loss of her to her close family will be difficult because a long life gives more time to grow deep and strong relationships. She was a very kind, gentle, and dear lady. John & Lucille Ramsay - Posted by: John & Lucille Ramsay (relative) on: Sep 24, 2019

  • My Husband Roger Cummings, was a nephew to Aunt Viv & Uncle Norm. Our young family, including sons Sean & Travis greatly enjoyed our visits with them. There was always plenty of laughs, jokes and hand-made board games. Aunt Viv was the most gracious host, cooking supper and sharing stories from her childhood. She is the epitome of "Grace" and a lovely cherished Aunt. I am sure my husband was there to greet her in Heaven along with many other family and friends she had throughout her long and beautiful life. God Bless, Lori Cummings & Family - Posted by: Lori Cummings (Niece by Marriage to Nephew Roger Cummings (Deceased)) on: Sep 23, 2019

  • My sincere condolences to the Downey Family at this sad time at the passing of your dear Mom. Mom “D” was a special person to me for over 55 years. She taught me to needlepoint, cross-stitch and ceramics. I’ve admired her talents. I treasure her artwork she has given me over the years. I always felt welcomed at her home and dinner table and truly enjoyed her meals. It is now a family tradition making her coleslaw and banana loaf. She was always so kind to me. She will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace Sweet Lady Love Helga - Posted by: Helga (Friend) on: Sep 21, 2019

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