Vivian (Vivi Gunn) was born to Waila and Erik Hellewell August 22, 1945 in Norway and passed away October 28, 2015 in Vernon, BC. She immigrated to Canada as a young child with her family in 1949. Most of her Canadian life was spent in BC where she married Robert (Bob) Swanson in Vancouver in 1966. Vivian was predeceased by her parents and siblings Belinda, Stevie and Roger. She will be forever loved and her memory cherished by her husband Bob and children Chris Swanson and Jana (Kim) Traff and grandson Cole as well as sisters Wenny Svardfeldt, Kathy (Dale) Kornelson and Anita (Mark) Moody. She is further survived by very good friends Yvonne Verhaege, Jennifer Monroe, Frances Fatovic, Bev Norris and Evelyn Caron. If asked to describe Vivian’s attributes everyone invariably mentions what a big heart she had. Vivian was a very positive, friendly, generous and caring person with a particular fondness for young children, the elderly and little dogs and loved to give hugs to pretty well anyone. She is finally freed from her year-long medical struggles and gone to be with her Lord. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no funeral service.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the North Okanagan Hospice Society for Vivian’s care in her final days. Those wishing to do so may make a memorial donation in Vivian’s memory to North Okanagan Hospice Society (3506 27 Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4).

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