Gently, peacefully, and surrounded by her children, on Sunday, November 20th, 2022, Vivian Joyce Meikle joined her daughter Nancy.
Vivian was born in 1928. While living in Pennant, SK, her parents, Edward and Matle Housego welcomed her younger brother Ian in 1931.
In 1948 Vivian moved to Moose Jaw, SK and completed her training as a registered nurse at the General Hospital. In 1950 she married Robert Meikle, and they welcomed five children into their lives. Together with being a busy mother, she pursued her career as a nurse in a variety of settings: Moose Jaw Union Hospital, Victorian Order of Nurses, Director of Home Care, and finally as a Public Health nurse upon completing her public health diploma at the University of Saskatchewan.
Vivian also gave of her time and talents to many organizations including both the local and provincial Multicultural Councils, the Scottish Society, St. Andrew’s United Church community, and the Order of the Eastern Star, amongst many others. Her contributions were recognized with numerous awards throughout the years.
Most people who knew her would also remember that in her “spare time” she was an avid crafter and they likely have something she made and gifted to them. In spite of all of her activities, she always put her family first. Her family is currently spread out across Western Canada, and she travelled frequently to spend time with her children and their families. She also travelled many times to New Zealand while her daughter Nancy lived there and joined her on many occasions while she was working on healthcare projects in locations around the world.
She was predeceased by her parents; the father of her children; her daughter, Nancy; and infant granddaughter, Robyn. Vivian is survived by her brother, Ian (Billie) Housego and niece, Joellen Housego (Timo) of Vancouver, BC; daughter, Pat (Mac) Aldred of Moose Jaw and grandchildren Brodi (Pam), Riel (Gill), and Merran (Jesse); daughter, Sandra (Shane) Nichol of Calgary, AB and grandchildren Aaron (Kim) and Mike (Cathy); daughter, Judy (Ed) Fredeen of Medicine Hat, AB and grandchildren Tristan, Keisha, Caitlin (Elias) and Garrett (Randi); and son, Rob Meikle (Catherine) of Winnipeg, MB. She also loved to visit and adored her thirteen great-grandchildren.
As we reflect together with friends, colleagues, family, and caregivers who have been part of her 94-year journey, recurrent adjectives include kind, (fiercely) independent, resilient, determined, and giving. Vivian was all of these and more. Her house was a gathering place for all and a home not only to her immediate family but also to many others who became extended family to us all.
The family would like to thank and acknowledge all the staff and her resident family at Providence Place where she lived for the past 17 months. Though she found the loss of her independence and mobility a challenge, she faced it with her usual grace, and we are so grateful for the care she received and the new friendships she developed.
The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, November 26th, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church, 60 Athabasca St E, Moose Jaw, SK with interment to follow at a later date. Wouldn’t it be great to see lots of purple! Friends and family who are unable to attend in person are invited to join via live stream on the day of the service at www.youtube.com/@Mrdavis306. If friends so desire, please consider donating to a charity of your choice in memory of our mom. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Michelle Ellis, Funeral Director 306-693-4550 www.moosejawfuneralhome.com