Mom passed away peacefully with her family at her side January 17, 2012. I am sure dad was waiting with open arms, once again reunited with his “Violet.”
Mom was born April 20, 1923 in Beausejour Manitoba: to Joseph and Mary Owsianski, she was the third youngest of 9 children.
Mom is survived by daughters Dawn (Rod) Killough and Debbie (Lloyd) Cooper of Kamloops. Grandchildren Dr Russet (Bill) Jones, Jeremy (Angie) Killough, Bree (Ethan) Kozak, Dustin (Tom) Zuraw, Matthew (Shelby) Killough, Graham Cooper and 10 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers Hank (Fran) Owsianski from Mission BC and Cas (Eileen) Owsianski Victoria BC.
She was predeceased by her husband Jim, son Doug (Fr James) and grandson Marvin.
Mom and Dad were married for 67 yrs and lived most of their life in Castlegar BC, moving to Kamloops in 2006 to be closer to their girls.
Once we were all in school mom helped out at a kindergarten, and started bowling and golfing. Mom and dad were very active with the McMixer square dance club and when dad retired he joined mom on the golf course and cross-country skiing. When camping season arrived you would find them at Christina Lake, and in the later years traveling throughout BC in their motor home.
Gardening was one of mom’s passions, she was so proud of her little garden at Bedford Manor. She loved to sit outside in the evening watching the birds in the birdbath that she faithfully kept filled.
Mom was a feisty and determined woman. She worked hard and long to recover from a stroke that affected her right side, re-learning how to write and crochet with her left hand. She always had a joke or riddle in her pocket and truly enjoyed kibitzing with all the staff at Bedford Manor whom she adored.
We wish to thank all the staff at Bedford Manor for their respect and kindness not only shown to our mom but to us as a family.
I’m sure you have some card games planned already mom and I know dad has already beat you at your “dice” game. We love you both and are happy you are once again reunited.
Today I prayed for angels
To guard you night and day
I prayed that they would hover near
And keep all harm away
So if you hear the swish of wings
Or feel a gentle touch
You’ll know God heard my prayer today
And loves you very much.
There will be a family memorial in the spring and mom will be laid to rest with dad in Castlegar BC.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation in memory of Mom to the Heart and Stroke Foundation 201 – 635 Victoria St Kamloops BC V2C 2B3
Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, you may also leave condolences on line at www.schoenings.com