Victoria ‘Vivian’ Mann, passed away peacefully in the Bulkley Valley District Hospital in Smithers, BC on May 5th at the age of 83.
Vivian was born one of eleven children to Wasyl and Dora (nee Kitzul) Polowick, on August 17, 1932, on the family farm near Theodore, Sask. As a young adult Vivian moved to the big city of Calgary, AB for a few years and then to BC to pick berries. Later she went to Whitehorse for work and met her future husband, Paul Mann.
Vivian and Paul spent several years following jobs in BC, living in various places such as Victoria, Castlegar and Prince George. Their family grew along the way and five children later they settled in Atlin, BC, where they stayed for 8 years and three more children were born. Finding it too windy there, they moved to Telegraph Creek. There the temperatures didn’t drop below -40 and snow didn’t pile up more than 5 feet at a time. “The bears didn’t bother you if you didn’t bother them”, was a famous Vivian quote. Vivian had her last child there and enjoyed the serenity of her isolated home for 19 years. After Paul passed away, Vivian moved to Smithers (even better climate!) and enjoyed her last 25 years getting involved in the Pioneer lunches and games and her bible study.
Vivian will be sadly missed by her children Angelina (Dan), John (Lena), Ben (Naomi), Tim (Christine), Sylvia (James) and Audrey (Morgan); 18 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her 3 sons Daniel, Philip and Abel and her husband Paul.
A Celebration of Life took place in the Evangelical Free Church on May 10th, 2016. Condolences may be offered at www.raschraderfuneralhome.com.