Bunny Makaroff passed away on Wednesday, Apr. 21, 2004 at the Chilliwack General Hospital. She was 86 years of age. Bunny was born in Watrous, Sask. on November 13, 1917, and grew up in Biggar, Sask. She was the second of seven children, and the eldest daughter of Jack and May Western. When she married Charlie Johnson, bunny moved to Prince Albert where her three sons were born.
Bunny loved music and was a gifted pianist, winning a provincial gold medal for her accomplishments. During her retirement years, she volunteered many hours entertaining the residents of Eden Rest Home and Grosvenor House, playing their favourite tunes. No family gathering was complete without Bunny on the piano. She was a master at both crossword and jigsaw puzzles and loved a good political debate sharpened by her quick wit and sense of humour.
Bunny and her sons moved to Saskatoon where she took her LPN training at City Hospital and later on completed her OR Technician training. She married Walter Makaroff and moved to Santa Rose, California where she worked in the OR at the local hospital for several years. Upon her return to Canada, Bunny settled in Rosedale and worked as an LPN on the surgical unit at Chilliwack General Hospital until her retirement. She moved to Chilliwack but continued to drive out to Rosedale to carpet bowl with a small but dedicated group of friends who enjoyed this weekly social activity.
Bunny loved children and derived much pleasure from spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was very fond of dogs and over the years had a few faithful canine companions which she cherished. The neighbourhood children and dogs frequently arrived at her door for the treats they knew she had waiting for them.
Bunny was blessed with a generous spirit and was always there to support her family and friends whenever they needed her. She will be sadly missed and forever remembered by her three sons, Dean (Betty) in Chilliwack, Don (Elaine) in Montreal, and Doug in Chilliwack; her five grandchildren, Glenn, Robyn, Scott, Wendy, and Dale; and her three great-grandchildren, Molly, Gibson, and Tyler. She will also be missed by her sisters, Jill (Alan) Robinson of Mission, and Dolly of Toronto; and many nieces and nephews.
The family gathered together on Saturday, Apr. 24, 2004 to share their memories and celebrate her life.