January 22, 1939 – April 13, 2012
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Vi Riddell on Friday, April 13, 2012 after a brief but fierce fight with Leukemia. Vi, Mom and Grandma will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her husband of 49 years – Clay, her eldest daughter Lynne, her daughter Sue, son-in law Mike and her three grandsons Brendan, Jeremy and Aidan, her son Jim, daughter-in-law Jo-Ann, grandsons Tyson and Jackson and granddaughter Madison, and by her youngest daughter Brenda. Vi was born and grew up in Riverton, Manitoba in an Icelandic heritage. She graduated as a registered nurse from Winnipeg General Hospital then moved to Alberta where she met her soul mate, best friend and loving husband Clay and they created a life together that multiplied with love. All who knew her would agree, she was an ‘amazing lady’. Her life was 100% dedicated to her family and her love for us shone through in everything she did. She was the biggest cheerleader and super fan for her kids, grandkids and Clay. She was, without a doubt, our role model for determination, perseverance and excellence in everything she did. For this we have been truly blessed and we will hold her close in our hearts forever. Vi will also be greatly missed and fondly remembered by staff, families and patients of the Alberta Children’s Hospital where she nursed compassionately for 30 years, her creative quilting and handwork friends, the show jumping community, her Flames family, Clay and Vi’s oil patch friends, the many hockey, baseball, skating and sports fans of her grandkids that she cheered passionately with, the teachers that she volunteered alongside, her golf course friends in Calgary, Windermere and Maui, and many other friends in those communities. Vi is also survived by her brother Wilbert (Arlene) Thorarinson and sister Sandra (Oskar) Kjartanson. Her parents Mary and Thomas Thorarinson predecease her. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial tributes can be made directly to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House of Southern Alberta or the United Way Calgary Learning Village Collaborative, organizations that Vi valued and actively supported. Her legacy lives in those she nurtured, those she taught, those she loved and those she inspired. This world is a better place because of Vi. A life lived to the fullest and a job well done. A Celebration of Vi’s Life will be held at Spruce Meadows – Congress Hall, Meadows on the Green on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Vi Riddell a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200Print This Obituary & Condolences