Vivian Agnes Baker passed away peacefully at the Eden Care Center on February 22, 2011 at the age of 86. Vivian is survived by her husband, Jim Baker, to whom she was married almost 59 years. Daughters Sharon Stewart of Winnipeg, MB, her children Greg Stewart and Kim Stewart; daughter Judy (Jim) Davies-North of New Westminster, BC, her children Lindsey Schatchter (Tyler) and Lance Davies; and daughter Deborah (Barry) Woelders of Rosedale, BC and their children Jason Woelders (Shanna), Melissa Krul (Mike), Eric Woelders (Amber), Dylan Woelders. Along with 4 great-grandchildren Cameron, Alex & Lianna (Jason & Shanna) and Makayla (Eric & Amber). She is also survived by one brother, Ollie Stuckel and numerous neices and nephews.
Viv was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan on May 7, 1924 being the second youngest of 12 siblings. In her twenties she moved to Ladner, BC where she met Jim Baker. They moved to Terrace, BC and were married there on Feb. 29, 1952. Three of their children were born there. In 1959 they moved to Chilliwack. For 20 years they lived in the home they built on Hope River Road. They lived in various other parts of Chilliwack from then on. For many years Viv was active in the ANVETS as a chartered member of the Ladies Auxiliary. She was also an active member of the Chilliwack Lady Lions club. Jim and Viv spent many years traveling to various points in Canada, and spent 10 years partially living in Hemet, CA. Viv’s favorite hobbies were painting and gardening. She painted a picture for almost all members of the family. She also enjoyed the company of three poodles – Beebee, Cheche and finally Fifi. Three years ago Viv moved to Eden Care Center. There she received great care and love from the staff. A very special thank you to all of the staff at Eden Center who took the time to tell and show the family how much Viv was loved by them.
On Saturday, February 26, 2011 Ft. John Tritschler officiated at Viv’s funeral mass at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Agassiz, BC. Thank you to Father John, the staff and volunteers at the Church who assisted in making the funeral a special time of remembrance. In lieu of flowers the family have requested that donations be made to the Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC.