Vivian Nina Prestley

Vivian Nina Prestley

Prestley, Vivian Nina of Trail passed away peacefully on August 19, 2013 at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital with members of her family by her side.

Vivian was born in Michelle, BC on August 6, 1921 and grew up in Trail. She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in nursing in 1943. She started her nursing career in Rossland where she also met and married her husband in 1944. Vivian was a most caring nurse and retired after 40 years of service as the Director of Nursing in the Rossland Hospital. Vivian was there for everyone who needed help. Her gentle, soft-spoken voice and magnetic personality coupled with a keen sense of humour and terrific wit was a trait that everyone admired. She loved to be around her family and people were drawn to her compassion for a human in need. She will be missed by anyone who knew her and remembered always. Vivian was painted in a mural of people who served the city of Rossland and she was very proud of her recognition. Rest in peace Vivian.

On August 6, 2013 she celebrated her 92nd birthday with a wonderful party which she enjoyed very much. She was so cheerful and bright, told jokes and held hands with all who were there.

Vivian was predeceased by her husband Patrick John Prestley in 1987. She leaves behind 2 daughters; Patricia Rogers of Trail and Judith Alexander of Lake Country as well as 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

A Prayer Service will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on Thursday, August 22 at 5:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on Friday, August 23 at 10:30 am with Father Jim McHugh, Celebrant. Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.

As an expression of sympathy, donations in Vivian’s name may be made to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Health Foundation at 1200 Hospital Bench, Trail, BC, V1R 4M1 or online at

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