Violet Norma Margaret Johnstone passed away suddenly in her home in Ottawa on Wed., May 11, 2011, in her 90th year.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Walter in 1989. She was born in Loverna, Sask. to Violet (nee Barker) and Lowry Baker, but was raised by the Baker family on the family farm on Highway 31, along with her sisters. She was the dear mother of Carol Guitard of Mountain, Larry (Cheryl) of Unity, Sask., Judy (Bill Nicol) of Sharbot Lake, and Bob (Myrna) of Inverary. She was the cherished grandmother of Jeff (Rhonda), Chris, Tony (the late Erin Vaux), and Jennifer (Warren); Dawn (Jason) and Leah (Steve); Paul (Sylvia), Laura (Jason), and Cori (Brad); Rob (Cory), Jill (Geoff), and Kenzie, and the great-grandmother of 16.
Violet was the dear sister of Evelyn (the late Austin) Birch of Port Hope, and sister-in-law of Margaret Johnstone of Inkerman. She was predeceased by her sister, Dorothy Morphy, and her great-granddaughter Hailey. She will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbours.
She was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ottawa, and the Churchill Club. She enjoyed knitting, needlepoint, cards, puzzles, and gardening. She was an avid sports fan of the Ottawa Senators, the Ottawa 67’s, Toronto Blue Jay’s, and horse racing.
Family and friends paid their respects at Capital Memorial Gardens on Prince of Wales Drive in Ottawa on Sun., May 15 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. John Fair in the chapel on Mon., May 16 at 11 am, followed by interment. A luncheon was served in the new visitation centre. Cori Shaw and Kenzie Johnstone gave colourful eulogies of times with their grandmother. A very personal touch was a poem read by Larry, written by his Dad to his mother while serving overseas. The pallbearers were sons, Larry and Bob; and grandsons, Jeff Holmes, Paul Nicol, and Rob and Kenzie Johnstone.
Donations to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 470 Roosevelt Avenue, Ottawa, On., K2A 1Z6, or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
The family would like to thank their friends and neighbours for the cards, phone calls, and food brought to our homes over the past weeks. It was much appreciated.