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RIDDELL, Vi

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)243-8200

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  1. Nancy, Marshall and Bayley Quinn :

    Dear Clay, Lynne, Sue, Jim, Brenda and family,
    It is at times such as these that we are too far away.
    I have shared many Vi stories with Marshall and Bayley, and have told them much of this loving person, this committed wife, mother, grandmother and nurse.
    I will be there on Friday to celebrate her very good life.
    Take care of each other.

    Love and support, Nancy, Marshall and Bayley

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  2. Tracy Bradley :

    I am so sorry to hear about Vi.  My heart goes out to the entire family. With Clay by her side, I am sure Jim, his sisters and all the grandkids have given her a life full of so much joy and memories. 

    It was a honor to meet and talk with her a few times over the years (including discussing our competing teams).  Last time Mom and I ran into both of them at Costco.  I was teasing Clay that he should be out golfing.  Mom and I chuckled seeing him patiently waiting with the cart and seeing Vi buzz around the store, obviously on a mission for certain items.

    Mom and I will be thinking of you all.  Take care.

    Tracy Bradley

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  3. BILL JACKSON / EDITH MORLIDGE :

    We met you this afternoon, at Millarville Church.We are so sorry for the loss of your Wife and Mother.Our sincere Condolences to all your families. Bill and Edith

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  4. Gordon & Jeanne Schnell :

    Dear Clay & Family
    Sorry to hear about Vi.We do remember the good times at the Oilman’s Golf Tournaments.

    Take care
    Gordon & Jeanne Schnell

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  5. Joanne Weiss :

    Clay, Jim, Lynne, Sue and Brenda:. I am saddened to hear of the passing of Vi. She was a lovely lady who managed a wonderful family. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

    Take care of each other and know that support is around you all.

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  6. Ann Fagan and Courtney DeGiano :

    Dear Riddell Family:

    Courtney and I express our deepest sympathy in the loss of your loving wife and mother.

    What a wonderful matriach and a grand lady.

    Your family and friends were blessed to have had such a wonderful person in your lives and I’m sure she enriched the lives of many more.

    Cherish all the memories and times spent
    with such a wonderful person.

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  7. Bill Thornton :

    May God’s peace and strength support you in this time of loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

    Bill Thornton

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  8. David & Myrtle Surjik :

    OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCE GOES TO YOU, THE RIDDELL
    AND THORARINSON FAMILIES ON YOUR SUDDEN
    LOSS.
    MYRTLE & DAVE SURJIK.

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  9. Gord & Bev Tallman :

    Clay, Jim & family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of the great loss of your partner, mother and grandmother. May your many memories help comfort you and this time and in the future.
    Our sincere condolences,
    Gord & Bev Tallman

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  10. Brian & Millie Veale :

    Dear Clay & Family,
    Our blessing are with all of you. We were truly shocked as we did not know of Vi’s illness. She will always remain an inspiration for all of us who knew & loved her.
    Sincere sympathy,
    Millie & Brian

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  11. Al and I were shocked and saddened to hear this morning of Vi’s unexpected passing. We are so sorry for your loss…..she will be missed.

    Liz Cadotte

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  12. Clay and family,

    We are very sad to hear of Vi’s passing.
    We will miss the greetings we received from Vi and the dogs when we came to garden.

    She left a special footprint in our lives and will be missed by all that shared her life.
    Susan Baldrey
    Flora Tech Staff

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  13. Fay Vanderwal :

    My condolences to the Riddel family.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    I have worked several years with Vi at the Childrens Hospital and feel sad that one of my co-workers has left us so suddenly.
    We all have fond memories of Vi.
    Fay Vanderwal
    Beetsterzwaag
    the Netherlands

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  14. Carrie Grant :

    Sue, Mike, Brendan, Jeremy and Aidan,

    So sorry for the loss of your mom and grandmother I met her many times when the kids were in elementary volunteering at many events cheering on the kids or helping in the classroom. She was a devoted mother and grandmother.

    Our deepest sympathy.

    Sincerely,

    Carrie, Al, Lisa and Michelle Grant

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  15. Sheila & Rich Hardman :

    We are so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of speaking with Vi at Spruce Meadows and also at the Paramount Resources Christmas parties. A very classy lady!

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  16. Brad and Marg Farris :

    Dear Riddell family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of great sorrow. Vi was a wonderful person she will be sadly missed by many.
    Deepest symapthy and condolences,
    Brad, Marg Farris and family

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  17. Clay and family

    I am so sorry to hear of Vi’s passing.

    I always enjoyed talking to you at the springs.

    I will really miss her!

    Susan
    (starter at Springs golf Course)

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  18. Lee and Terri Baker :

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are prayers are with you all.

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  19. Garth and Brenda Rayment :

    We were saddened to hear of Vi’s passing. It has been many years since we had last seen her (during our time with J.R. Houston’s) but have always remembered her fondly as a lady of grace and kindness. Our thoughts go out to Clay and the family during this great time of loss.
    Garth and Brenda Rayment

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  20. Sharyn Johnson :

    My sincere sympathy to the Riddell family. I enjoyed working with Vi at the Children’s Hospital & have many fond memories. Vi was caring, compassionate & giving. I am sorry for your loss.
    Sharyn Johnson

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  21. Leah & Bill Truch :

    Jo-Ann, Jim & Family
    Please accept our sympathy and love.
    Our thoughts are with you.
    Leah & Bill Truch

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  22. Alida Visbach :

    Dear Clay and Family,

    Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be missed by many. May you be comforted by fond memories of your time spent together.Sincerely,
    Alida Visbach and everyone at Heritage Park.

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  23. Oculus Private Wealth Management :

    Sue and families, on behalf of Cub, Grant, Frank and all the staff at Oculus we offer our condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mother.

    Oculus Private Wealth Management

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  24. Dear Lynne,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

    Tannys Nagy

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  25. Midge & Len Pasychny :

    Clay and Family

    Our thoughts are with you at your time of sadness.

    Midge and Len Pasychny

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  26. Barb Prystai :

    Madi-just wanted to say sorry hear about your grandma-remember all the fun times you had with her.
    Barb

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  27. Clay,

    I extend my sympathy on the significant loss of your Vi.

    Arni Wawruch

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  28. Dave and Adeline Clements :

    Clay and family,
    So sorry to see the news. I know she had a multitude of friends and associates with the Children’s hospital and I have been spending a lot of time there with my grandson. Many people have a lot to thank her for all her work there. Best of wishes and our deepest sympathy,
    Dave and Adeline

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  29. Garth and Barbara Greenwood :

    Clay and family

    Our sincere condolences at your loss.

    Garth and Barbara Greenwood

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  30. Larissa Ziebart :

    Dear Brenda, so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

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  31. Dear Sue and Family,

    I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Mother Vi. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

    Sincerely,

    Alma Eamer

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  32. Chris and Sandy Stephens :

    Clay, Sue and family,

    So sorry to hear of Vi’s passing. She was always so friendly and made time to chat when ever we ran into her. We feel the pain of your loss and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

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  33. Michael Noble :

    Dear Clay and Family,

    Our deepest sympathies to all of you at this time of the loss of your cherished Vi.
    She was an amazing woman of grace, dignity and heart who touched so many within all of her communities.

    May God Bless all of you at this difficult time, and may all of the wonderful memories of your wife, mother and grandmother be with you forever.

    Sincerest condolences,
    Michael Noble and the NOTABLE Family

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  34. Luisa Hertzer :

    To the Riddell family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Vi will be greatly missed by many.

    Our deepest sympathy,

    Luisa, Cristian & Massimo Hertzer

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  35. Dear Mr. Riddell and Family

    Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Mrs. Riddell was a wonderful lady that always lit up the room with her laughter on bridge night.
    My Mother and Father always spoke so very highly of her and her efforts to lead in the community. You are in my thoughts during this difficult time.

    Glen Taylor
    Tulsa, Oklahoma

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  36. Hector and Gail McFadyen :

    Clay … we extend our deepest condolences on Vi’s passing; you are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

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  37. Clay, I was so sorry to hear of Vi’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Tim

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  38. Yvonne & Bob Peterson :

    Clay, Jim, Sue and family

    We were very sadden to hear of Vi’s passing. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to everyone in the family.

    Yvonne & Bob Peterson

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  39. Barry Burdeny :

    To all of the Riddell family. I am so terribly sorry to hear of the loss of your mother…..She instilled warmth, care, and compassion in her children, and will be sadly missed as a wife, mother, and grandmother. My deepest and heartfelt sympathies go out to you all. Barry Burdeny, Winnipeg Manitoba.

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  40. Harold & Vivian Schnell :

    We are so very sorry to hear of Vi’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with
    you, and your family at this difficult time.
    Sincerely,
    Harold and Vivian Schnell

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  41. Priscilla Wilson :

    I was very sad to hear about Vi, &
    My thoughts are with you All

    Priscilla Wilson
    Banff

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  42. Bob Seaman and Patricia Calvert :

    We were very saddened to hear of the passing of Vi. Vi will be remembered by us for her vibrant smile, warm and kind heart, her love of family, hockey, and show jumping. Our prayers go to you and your family.

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  43. Colleen Thompson :

    Sue, Mike, Brendan, Jeremy and Aidan

    Sorry to hear of your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Vi was a wonderful person who touched the lives of many.

    Colleen, Jordan and Adam Thompson

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  44. Donna Levang :

    Clay & family,
    We were saddened to learn of Vi’s passing and extend our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Gordon & Donna Levang

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  45. Carla Campeau :

    To the Riddell Family,

    We are saddened to hear of Mrs. Riddell’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of sorrow.

    Carla and James Campeau
    Calgary

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  46. Jim and Janice Baker :

    To Clay and family
    I am sorry to hear about Vi’s passing.Please accept our deepest sympathy Jim and Janice Baker Invermere

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  47. christine manion :

    Sue and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. It is difficult to lose the ones who shape us. Reading your mother’s obituary, it is clear that your caring and compassionate nature comes from your mother. Honour her memory by being the person you are.
    Chris Manion

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  48. Chris & Rose Brancaccio :

    Our condolences to the Riddell family. My mum passed away at only 63 and Rose’s mum when she was 73 – not an easy time in anyone’s life.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Chris & Rose Brancaccio

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  49. Angela Jacobson :

    The colleagues and management at The Fairmont Banff Springs wish to convey their sincere condolences for your loss. A donation to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation will be made in memory.

    Angela Jacobson
    Executive Assistant to Francisco Gomez, Regional Vice President and General Manager

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  50. Laurie Sereda :

    Brenda and family

    So sorry to hear about your Mom, my condolences to you all

    Laurie
    Creative

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  51. Josef Wiewer & Pamela Risk Wiewer :

    Dear Clay and Family,
    We are thinking about you and your family during this sad and difficult time, it is always too soon when the ones we love leave us. Your Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Friend was always kind and her generous heart will be remembered and missed.
    Always,
    Josef and Pamela Wiewer

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  52. Lucy Miller, :

    Clay and family,
    On behalf of the Board and staff of United Way of Calgary and Area we send our sincere sympathy to all of you at this very sad time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Vi’s commitment to vulnerable children and families in our city was an inspiration and she will be missed.

    Lucy Miller

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  53. Don and Dierdre Woods and Karl and Franci Sterzer :

    Dear Riddell Family,
    We are thinking of you at this difficult time and wishing you comfort and healing in the days ahead. This wonderful woman lives in all our hearts and minds remembering each personal experience.

    Heartfelt sympathy,
    Don, Dee, Karl and Franci

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  54. Glenna George :

    Sue, I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Please know that my heart is with you and your entire family at this very difficult time. You can lean on your friends and co-workers for support whenever you need it. My best thoughts, prayers and wishes are with you and your family. – Glenna

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  55. Andre Plourde (Carleton University) :

    Dear Mr. Riddell and family,
    Please accept my most heartfelt condolences on the sudden loss of your wife and mother. May you find comfort and strength in each other and in the support of all your friends in this most difficult period. Please take care of each other.

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  56. To the Riddell Family,
    Our sincerest sympathies go out to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Hank and Carol.

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  57. Denis Fonteyne :

    Clay and the Riddell family: Our deepest sympathies to you all during this sad and difficult time. Our thoughts are with you. Sincerely,

    Denis and Donna Fonteyne.

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  58. Clay and Family – Please receive my feeling of sorrow for your loss. We as Geologists see time as though it goes on forever but our own lives and the ones we love are so instant and short.
    Bill Wilson

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  59. roseann o'reilly runte :

    Dear Mr. Riddell and Family,
    The entire Carleton University joins me in offering you our most sincere condolences. You are in our thoughts as we remember the vitality and beauty of Mrs Riddell whose goodness shone from her heart. Roseann O’Reilly Runte

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  60. Dick and Joanne Chute :

    To Mr. Clay Riddell and family,
    We extend our sincerest condolences in the trying time.

    Dick and Joanne Chute and the staff at Castle Toys

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  61. Laura Draycott :

    Sue, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful mother. My heart aches for you. Please accept my deepest condolences.
    Your friend Laura

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  62. Maria & Sam Sangregorio :

    To Mr. Clay Riddell & family

    It is with very much sadness to hear about Mrs. Riddell – I was so looking forward to meeting her and having her over. I am sorry, I have no words to tell you how sorry I am, but our loved ones are never gone, they continue to live in our hearts.

    Our sincere condolences.
    across the street neighbours
    Invermere

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  63. Wayne & Nancy Mackenzie, Courtenay, BC :

    Brenda and family;

    We are so sorry to hear the news of your mother.
    Our hearts are with you and your family.

    Wayne & Nancy

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  64. Clayton and family:
    So sad Clayton. Our heart goes out to you and family. Having met Vi only a few times, it was obvious why she became your soul mate……a lovely lady!
    Our condolences.

    Bob and Barb Shaunessy

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  65. Dear Sue,

    I was saddened to hear about your mother’s sudden death. Please accept my sincere sympathy. My special times with you and your mom were my designing of her family room. What memories you must have of your gatherings there. May those special times help to heal you each day. With warmest sympathy to you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Ann Speer

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  66. To the Riddell family,
    Our sincerest condolences to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Hank and Carol Swartout.

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