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It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Vivian Strandquist at her home, just as she wished, on August 30, 2021. She lived 83 years of a fulfilling life.
Vivian was born on March 19, 1938 in High River, AB to parents, Clair and Mildred Johnson. During high school, she was active in a variety of sports, especially high jump, and was involved in theatre. She graduated from South Turner Valley High School, then went on to nursing school in High River, AB where she completed her training as a nurses aide. Vivian loved to dance. It was at a summer dance in Longview, AB where she met the love of her life, Elmer Strandquist, and the happy couple married on December 8, 1956. They went on to be further blessed with six wonderful sons. They lived in Longview, AB, then relocated to the Crowsnest Pass in 1970. Vivian and Elmer soon became integral members of their new community. Vivian volunteered as a coach for the Pass Swim Club even though she didn’t know how to swim. She swam her first length in 1977 and received a trophy for Worlds’ Longest Length. Their dedication to the Crowsnest Pass was also evident in their proud support of the Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation, the Jim Strandquist Memorial, the Strandquist Family Trust and many other local charities such as Meals on Wheels. Upon retiring in 2000, Vivian and Elmer enjoyed spending the winter months in Hemet, CA.
Vivian was very proud of her large family and very passionate about her community. She was well-known for her dedication to the Progressive Conservative party and politics. When she wasn’t busy working or taking care of her family, Vivian enjoyed golf, curling, the Edmonton Oilers, the “Young and the Restless”, and all sports on TV. Vivian loved yellow roses, having a glass of milk with a Dads oatmeal cookie, visitors and chats on the phone. Her coffee table was always adorned with a jar of jelly beans and dishes of nuts and chocolates.
Vivian was a strong-willed woman who was definitely the cornerstone of her family. She treated every child, grandchild and great grandchild as her favorite, and her family always came first. Vivian spent her last days smiling, laughing and surrounded by her family. May countless wonderful memories bring comfort to all those who were fortunate enough to have known her.
Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life are her sons, Ronald “Dude” (Jodie) Strandquist of Longview, AB, Glenn (Laura) Strandquist of Coleman, AB and Kent (Shanda) Strandquist of Hillcrest, AB; her special daughters, Carol (Fred) and Patsy (Jim); her grandchildren, Sheri, Mike, Jenna, Teyel (Sean), Robert (Dee-Anna), Hayley (Darren), Bailey (Eldon), Cory (Veronica), Kirby, Nicole, Jared (Paige), Adam (Andrea), Jeff (Kayla), Rick (Amanda), Megan (Joel), Lanny (Sidney), Braydon (Taylor), Cody (Tiffany) and Londyn; her great grandchildren, Tyler, Emmett, Cailley, Hunter, Rylee, Audrina, Milo, Ridge, Callie, Bennett, Haxstyn, Ellie, Jeter, Avery, Burke, Addison, Brinley, Lacey, Jackson, AJ, Malachi, Abby, Harlyn, Nash, Mackenzie, Nataya, Adyn, Micky; her brothers, Harold (Eleanor) and Bill (Gayle); as well as her extended family and many friends.
She was predeceased by her husband Elmer, her parents Clair and Mildred Johnson; her sons James, Dale, and Barry; her great grandson Krue; her brother Alan; and her sister Carolyn.
Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation (PO Box 455, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555