WALLACE, Violet Beatrice (nee Tucker) September 4, 1919 - August 24, 2010 Violet passed away peacefully on a beautiful August morning, surrounded by the love of her family, after a short illness at the Willow Creek Extended Care in Claresholm. She joins husband Leonard, son Vernon Wallace and his son Brian, daughter Louise and her husband Karl Mensing, son-in-law Dwain Cowling and his son Toby. Celebrating Vi's life are her daughters Tammy, Okotoks; Lois Cowling, High River; and Sharon Portigal (John) Vulcan, and sons Marlin ""Butch"" (Marge), Coaldale; Douglas (Elizabeth), Wetaskiwin, and Danny (Diane). Vi adored her grandchildren: Lorraine Hjalte (Dan), Connie Cartmill (Paul), Carla Peterman (Darren) and Christina Maron (Nathan); Shelly Herrington; Elizabeth Schertzberg, Eugene Schertzberg, Crystal Lewis (Ray); Heather Struk (Al), Yvonne Mensing; Elisa McCellen, Jennifer Tschritter (Lance), Michelle Harvey; Kevan Wallace, Keith (Sandra) Wallace; Sonora Garrett (Steven) and Kari Yates; David Portigal (Heather) and Anisha Gatnor (Josh). There are twenty-six great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Vi's family has grown from eight children to over forty, and everyone of them was still a ""kid"" to her. It was wonderful she could remember all those names even though she would often get her own children mixed up. Vi was born on September 4, 1919, the second youngest of a family of seven, to Frank and Beatrice Tucker in Davisburg, Alberta. The Tucker family moved to Okotoks in 1925 in a horse drawn buggy in the snow. Violet is predeceased by all her family except for sister-in-law Peggy Tucker; she is reunited with her parents, sisters Bessie, Ethel, May Lock (George) and brothers Jim (Florence), Charles (Ida), Clifford (Jean) and Harry (Peggy). Violet spent the first forty years of her life in and around Okotoks. Violet and Leonard were married April 11, 1939 and all eight children were born here or in High River. In the early years Len was enrolled in the military and stationed in High River and then Fort Macleod as a mechanic servicing Lancaster Bombers, while Vi looked after their growing family. When the war came to an end, with five small children under the age of five, Vi put her foot down about any more tours of duty. She may have had eight small children underfoot but Vi, with supper underway, always took the time to change her clothes and put on makeup so she was pretty when Len came home from work. Vi was a founding member of the Okotoks Royal Purple and an active member until leaving the prairies for Kamloops, BC in 1967. She worked at a seniors facility until retiring in 1985. She moved back to the Calgary area in the early 1990s living in High River and Calgary then returning full circle back home to Okotoks. Violet's ninetieth birthday in August 2009 was celebrated by the Royal Purple and all of her family and friends and was a day she talked about to the end. A celebration of Vi's life will be held Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Snodgrass Funeral Home, 200 Woodgate Road, Okotoks, AB. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Calgary Poppy Fund (calgarypoppyfund.com) or mail - No. 1, 4539 - 6 Street N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E 3Z6; or the Okotoks Royal Purple, Box 517, Okotoks, AB, T1S 1A7. To email condolences to the family please go to www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in The Calgary Herald from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28, 2010