Violet Hermione Crossley passed away peacefully on May 17, 2007. Violet was predeceased by her husband Albert and siblings John, Laura and infant Frederick.
Violet is survived by her daughters Diane Nielsen, Dale Schalin (Warren) and son Douglas Crossley (Carol). Grandchildren, Cindy, Wendy, Danny, Keri, Cheri, Cody and Missy. Great grandchildren, Derek, Riley, Grace, Levi, Lauren and Rylan. Sister, Doris Jacobson, Sister-in-law Freda Crossley and many Nieces and Nephews.
Violet was born in Saffron Walden, England on November 17, 1918 to Elizabeth and Job Daniel Marshall. Job moved the family to Canada when Violet was 18 months old. They lived in Toronto, Arthur, Fergus and Mt. Forest, Ontario until 1936 when they moved to British Columbia, settling in Vancouver. Violet worked hard at school, graduating from high school and continuing her education earned a certificate as a Licensed Practical Nurse. It was during these years that Violet met Albert Crossley. It only took them 2 short weeks to realize they wanted to spend their lives together. They were married August 31, 1942 in the Chapel of Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver. Albert and Vi set up house in Vancouver. Their first born, Diane arrived in 1943 and the three of them lived at Cultus Lake, Chilliwack, and Vancouver Island for 1 year before Albert was shipped overseas for the duration of the war. Their son Douglas followed in 1947 the year after Albert returned. They lived for many years in Vancouver and then moved to Port Coquitlam. In 1959, to everyone’s delight along came their daughter Dale! The family was now complete. In 1963 doctors advised Al that a warmer, dryer climate would be better for his health so he and Vi packed up and moved to the Enderby area. In 1965 they moved a little further up the road to Hupel. The new homestead at Hupel was a busy concern as they raised cattle, operated the gas station, store and cafÃ©. Vi was also the river meter reader for many years until technology eliminated her position. Vi and Al spent 14 very busy years together at Hupel. In 1979 God called Albert home and Vi was left a widow. Determined to have a full life, Vi stayed at Hupel and filled her time with family visits, embroidery, quilting, baking (including the best banana bread and chocolate cakes on the planet), gardening and helping out if ever anyone needed a hand. And although she never drove a vehicle she was always able to get to where she was needed, or wanted to go. She traveled to England, California, Alberta and all around our Province. She enjoyed keeping in touch with her family and many friends and I know that a letter or card from Vi was always a pleasure to receive.
In her later years, Vi attended the adult day program at the Granville Getaway. She really enjoyed the activities, outings and all the new friends she made there. She used to joke to her family that she was on to the directors as they asked her current event questions to see if she was still “with it”.
Violet had many roles in her 88 years, daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend. There wasn’t anything that she would not do for any of her people and she gave us all, the greatest gift – her unconditional love. She was proud of us all, even when we did not feel worthy. Her tremendous faith was her rock. Although her plan was to stay with us to 90, when God called her home, she was ready. She was the corner stone of our family and will be ever loved and remembered.
A Funeral Service will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, Enderby, Friday, May 25, 2007 at 1:00 PM. Tea to follow. Pastor George Rands officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, Attn: Enderby-Granville Gateaway, 2101 – 32nd Street, Vernon, BC V1T 9Z9. Cremation and arrangements in the care of Personal Alternative Funeral Services, Armstrong, 546-7237