WHISSELL, Violet (Denniston)

Born in Ottawa, Ont. on August 16, 1930; passed away on January 24, 2010 in White Rock, B.C. She was married to the late Rosario for 57 years.

Violet is survived by four loving children: Patricia (Ivan) Slatten; Violet (Gordon) McGregor; Sylvia (Doug) McLellan; Jim (Deanna) Whissell; nine grandchildren Sandra (Ryan) Fuller, Andrew (Kate) Watt, Hayley (Tony) Brown, Joshua, Nathan & Zachary Whissell, Jeff Slatten, Alana & Troy Mc Lellan; three great grandchildren Ethan & Rueben Watt, Graydon Fuller & great grandbaby Brown due in June. Violet is also dearly remembered by her cherished sister & best friend Dorothy Sample (Ottawa), nephews Frank (Betty) and Rick, and many other nieces, nephews, other relatives & friends across Canada. She was predeceased by her sister Jean Herring.

Violet was a devoted member of First Baptist and Grandview Calvary Baptist Churches in Vancouver, and previously of French, Bromley and Bethany Baptist Churches in Ottawa. She had fond memories of going to Parson Memorial Baptist Mission in Ottawa, with their leader the late Miss Lewitt. She briefly worked for Ottawa Hydro & Coles bookstore at YVR, and was very happy being a full-time mother, devoted to her family. Violet was also a daily vacation bible school & Sunday school teacher. She loved music and playing the piano, and at the Minoru Seniors Centre in Richmond B.C., she was in the Choir/Glee club and enjoyed line dancing. She struggled with major health problems & displayed tremendous courage, supported by her Christian faith, a positive attitude, & her close, loving family. An advance visitation & viewing will be held; for details contact: Please join the family at a memorial service to be held at White Rock Baptist Church, 1657 – 140 Street, South Surrey, B.C. on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 12 noon. The service will be blessed by Violet’s treasured friend & Pastor, the honorable Reverend Katsumi (Kutch) Imayoshi & also her son-in-law Pastor Doug McLellan. Please also join us after the service for a reception. In lieu of flowers, Violet has requested donations may be made to Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) at 7185 Millcreek Drive, Mississauga, ON L5N 5R4, tel: 905-821-3533 Condolences may be made at Violet’s cremated remains will be buried at a later date alongside her husband & mother at Victory Memorial Park Cemetery, 14831 – 28 Ave., South Surrey, B.C.

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