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Vivian (Rittinger) Wallace

June 11, 2020

Obituary

The family of Vivian (Rittinger) Wallace of Swift Current is sad to announce the peaceful passing of our mother at The Meadows, with family at her side. Vivian was born in Eastend, SK on June 25, 1921, and passed on June 11, 2020, two weeks short of her 99th birthday. She leaves to cherish and celebrate her memory: daughter Irene Wallace (Victoria, BC); son Jim (Inez) Wallace and their children James, Kelley (Rachelle) & their children, Dillan & Taylor;  Krista (Trevor) Herzog & their children Josh & Matt; son Ken Wallace; daughter Patsy (Bob) Watson and their children Jayda (Brian) and Jacey (Adam); half-sister Ethel (Eric) Nielsen (Calgary, AB); numerous nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her husband John Allan Wallace; her parents Sarah & David Rittinger; 15 siblings from their blended family (Vivian is the last Rittinger of the original clan). In her late teens, Vivian moved to Swift Current where she met Allan and they married on January 11, 1948. Allan and Vivian farmed south of Swift Current for many years, during which time she filled many roles including: 'super mom', meal provider including packed suppers to the field, berry picker for tasty homemade jams, baker of homemade bread, pies and much more. Vivian was one of a kind and unmatched with how much her world of people loved her throughout her life. The kids all agree you couldn't find a better mom or grandma to tuck you into bed at night, where she offered love and a bedtime song. Mom had a heart that was bigger than life. She loved us so much, she even let us play football, badminton, wrestling and toy farm building in the living room. Vivian was always ready for adventure later in life, joining aquafit classes even though she couldn't swim and the shallow end was almost over her head; overcoming her fear of being in a boat, she rode co-pilot watching the family water ski; she willingly went tent camping at Lac Pelletier in her late 80s experiencing a storm that put the tent on its side; she enjoyed annual birthday fireworks display at her daughter's including the year the pail tipped, shooting live works in her direction; and she successfully gained her learner's license in her 70s. Mom possessed natural athletic ability and was an avid bowler for many years, often time achieving high individual and game scores. She also had the 'best hands' missing her calling as a competitive ball player. She could catch anything we threw in her direction. Vivian loved her local coffee groups from which many long term friendships were formed; she was a terrific square and round dancer, participating many years with dad; mom was well-known for her love of caesar cocktails; she kept the Rittinger 'card-shark reputation' alive, even beating us at rummy at 98 yrs old.  Vivian had true love of nature, birdwatching at the farm and from her backyard swing in town. She loved going for drives never wanting to close her eyes for "fear of missing something", shopping trips; going for walks; but most of all, Mom loved our family gatherings during which she entertained us while playing games or telling stories. Because of mom's terrific sense of humor, she could tell a joke or a story where listeners would be in stitches. Her coffee groups waited each week for one of her sharing's. She got a lot of her stories from many hours of sitting in her favorite rocking chair looking out her window. Adding to her natural sense of humor, mom loved to put on a costume or mask to surprise, entertain or scare us. Due to current Covid-19 situation, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. For those wishing, donations can be made in Vivian's name to: the Canadian Cancer Society (Breast Cancer) 1910 McIntyre Street Regina SK S4P2R3 or the Canadian Mental Health Association 176 4th Ave NW Swift Current SK S9H0T6. Warren's Funeral Home were entrusted with the arrangements. For further information call 306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606 or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy on the family tribute wall. The family would like to express our SINCERE APPRECIATION to all the staff at The Meadows for their loving and thoughtful care of our Mother.

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Services

Celebration of Life Service at a Later Date

Donations

Canadian Cancer Society
1910 McIntyre Street, Regina SK S4P 2R3

Canadian Mental Health Association
176 4th Ave. N.W., Swift Current SK S9H 0T6

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