It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Annie Vivian at the age of 91.
Annie was the oldest and only sister to four brothers. Born to hardworking Russian/Ukrainian immigrants, she taught all her younger brothers English and helped her mother with the cooking, homemaking and raising of four active boys. She was enterprising and moved to Calgary where she operated her own hairdressing salon for years before moving to retail, where she worked for Zeller’s for 10 years. Later, Annie moved back to her beloved Coleman to look after her aging parents. There she worked for CIBC until her retirement.
Annie found love later in life and married Joe Vivian, with whom she shared a love for Coleman, a productive greenhouse and hosting the many friends who would drop in. Always industrious and generous, they shared many jars of their own pickles, tomatoes and Joe’s homemade wine at their kitchen table. When Joe passed away, Annie stayed on in her home. She was known for always having an unlocked door, a fridge full of food and a plate of goodies for visitors. Her cat, Cesar, was the only one fed better than her visitors. Moving into the nursing home was a difficult decision for Annie but she was grateful for the great staff and care she received and always enjoyed the dear friends and family who visited. She was very happy to celebrate turning 90 last year with a nice party and friends and family in attendance. In recent months, Annie’s health declined and she ended up succumbing to a worsening of her health related to her age. She will be missed always for her quick smile and her generosity.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her brother, Barney; sister-in-law, Adele; brother, Stevie, sister-in-law, Sandy; sister-in-law, Wanda; and is survived by her brothers, Stanley Saloff of Calgary and Frank (Louise) Saloff of Lethbridge.
A private family graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the York Creek Lodge Residents Association (PO Box 1050, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements.
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