Vivian Isobel Costerton (nee McClounie), born in 1934, passed away in her sleep on July 19, 2015. She was surrounded by love and the comforts of home when she slipped her hand in His and went home.
She is predeceased by her loving husband of 57 years, Bill, and her son Johnny as well as her parents Colin and Dorothy McClounie. Those who mourn her passing include her sisters Jean (Harry) and Ruth, and her children Diane (Duncan), Sheila (Darrell), Bob (Kathy) and Nancy (Paul). Her grandchildren were her greatest joy and they will miss the Granny who impacted their lives so wonderfully. Her love is with Byron (Jelena) and their kids Adrijana and Lincoln, Allyssa (Cory), Laura, Leighton, Meghan, David, Scott, Liam, and Nicola.
Vivian’s life was interesting and rewarding. Much of her energy was spent in the service of children and the community. ‘Vimy’ was born and raised in the Coldstream Valley and attended high school in Vernon. She attended normal school and taught in elementary schools in Vancouver and London Ontario before and after her marriage to Bill in 1955. In 1960 they journeyed to India with Diane and Johnny, in service of the Anglican Church, to help establish a medical school and for Bill to teach there. Sheila was born in 1962 in Vancouver before they returned to continue work in India. Prior to Bob’s arrival, they moved to England and then to Montreal before Nancy was born.
A transfer to Calgary in 1970 enabled them to put down roots and Vivian dedicated herself to service of her family, her church, her community, and charitable organizations. She served for many years with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on the local, regional, and national levels. In 1992 they moved to Montana where she was a dedicated volunteer in schools and church. A move back to Kamloops in 2004 brought her great joy as she relished time with children and grandchildren. She was very hospitable and gathered friends around every table.
For the vast majority of Vivian’s life, she was engaging, energetic, hardworking, generous, public spirited, active, and full of love and affection. Her health in the last stage of life made things difficult but she strived to remain gracious and friendly. The family wishes to extend their thanks to the staff at Berwick on the Park Brio unit who cared for Mom wonderfully in her last months.
A celebration of Vivian’s life will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral Kamloops, at 11:00 am, on August 4 followed by her internment at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Vernon BC at 2:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Vivian’s memory.