Violet DENNISON

Vi passed away at Fraser Hope Lodge with her family keeping vigil on their precious mother and ‘Nana’. Vi was born in Abbotsford, BC, and was the first female baby born in the, ‘then new,’ Matsqui-Sumas-Abbotsford Hospital. She moved to Hope with her family in 1932. Her family consisted of her older brother, Percy, her younger sister, Phyllis (Tootie), younger brothers Jim and Doug and her mother, Ida. Her father had passed away in Abbotsford. Ida met and married Bob Payment in Hope, and they had a son, Wally, to round out the family. On Aug. 21, 1940, Vi married Sid Dennison, who was also a long time Hope resident, having moved to Flood in 1927 because his father, Wes Dennison, worked for the railroad and the work was here. Sid and Vi had three children, Sidney (Curly), Carol (Cookie) and Ronnie. Sadly, Ronnie passed away in 1948 at 2 years of age. Sid built the home that they lived in for the rest of their lives. Vi loved to garden and always had a bountiful vegetable garden and picturesque flower garden. In her 20’s Vi developed rheumatoid arthritis, which was crippling for her. She underwent experimental treatment at the Vancouver General Hospital for months and had to depend on family to take care of her kids. When this proved unsuccessful, she finally followed her step-father’s advice and went to Dr. Anderson, a chiropractor in Vancouver, and received immediate relief. She never looked back from this point and lived the rest of her life without the arthritis and fervently believed in the healing power of chiropractic. As her family grew up, Vi went to work at the Hope Bakery, first for Mrs. Fotherby and then for Baker Ray. In 1962, Sid bought the Texaco Service Station at the south end of the Fraser Bridge and Vi eventually ran the little restaurant attached to the garage. As they moved into their senior years, they bought an RV and travelled across Canada, and to many places in Alberta and BC. One favorite spot was Fountain Lake, west of Lillooet. They both enjoyed fishing and Vi loved sketching and painting the beautiful landscapes they encountered. She leaves a legacy in paintings, both in oils and water colors. Vi was also a charter member of the ‘floating fannies’ swim group and enjoyed their weekly swim. Musical get-togethers made a special occasion out of any visit and Vi added the real spice with her reels and jigs on the mouthorgan. She learned to play the mouthorgan by hiding under her neighbor’s porch when they had family musical gatherings and playing along on her mouthorgan. They could not hear her playing but this gave her plenty of practice in honing her skill on the mouthorgan. She had a fantastic sense of humor and sense of fun, as did her entire family. Her quips at life’s events and natural, quick, funny responses kept everyone on their toes. Vi was predeceased by her parents Archibald Liggins, Ida Payment and ‘Pop” Payment; her brothers Percy and Doug, her sister, Tootie, her son, Ronald, and her grandson, Guy Olson. She is survived by her son, Sidney (Curly) and Rose of Hope; her daughter, Carol (Cookie) of Fort Langley; her brothers Jim of Indiana and Wally of Aldergrove; her grandchildren Ray, Tracie (Ken), Shane (Diana), Lance (Megan), Cindy, and Kristy (Albert), as well as two great grand daughters; Laina and Alexandra. The family would like to thank the staff on Maple wing at Fraser Hope Lodge for the wonderful care Vi received for her short stay there. Also, a special thank you to Dr. Greggain, Dr. Kehler (until his retirement), and Dr. Vicky Berenstein for caring for Vi over the past years. A memorial service of remembrance will be held on January 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM at Christ Church Anglican in Hope. Instead of floral tributes, please donate to a charity of your choice or to the local food bank.