Violet Madonna Duford

A Catholic service was held at the St. Ann’s Catholic Church on July 12, 2007 for Violet Madonna Duford (nee Marcoux).

Violet was born in Viscount, Saskatchewan January 9, 1923. She is survived by her loving husband, Clarence, children Terry (Angela), Cameron (Debbie), Trudy (Jamie) Comeau, Celine (Mel) Loomis and Heather (Cliff) Herman, grandchildren Neil, Trevor, Sean, Jennifer, Ryan, Erika, Erin, Brent, Tamina, Cody, Alex, Lindsay, Michelle and Jessica, great-grandchildren Elizabeth, Thomas, Dillon, Ashton, Kieran and Alena.

Vi was predeceased by her parents and siblings.

Violet’s father, William Marcoux passed away when she was quite young, so Vi and her siblings were raised primarily by their mother, Dora.

They grew up, very modestly in a little place called Wartime where her mom worked out of their house as a Swithboard Operator.

Vi was taught at a young age the importance of hard work, which she instilled in her own children as well. She and her sisters worked as telephone operators alongside their mother and later they moved to Saskatoon where Vi worked at Eatons for a number of years.

While visiting her sister in Armley, Saskatchewan, she met Clarence. Some years later Clarence moved to Saskatoon where he and Vi began dating and eventually married. Violet and Clarence stayed in Saskatoon for a few years after they married, where they had their four children. Vi worked at St. Pauls Hospital, while her mom lived with them and helped to care for the children.

After Vi’s mother passed away, they moved the family to Duncan, BC, where they stayed for three years before making their home in Quesnel, BC in 1970.

Vi started working at Doug’s Drive-in, where (from a good source) she made the best milkshakes in town. They lived in Big Country Trailer Park where Vi eventually owned and operated Big Country Store. People who knew Vi knew when you were at Vi’s it was an open door policy. She was a second mother to many kids over the years. According to her grandchildren, Grandma always had extra love to share.

Vi was a caring, honest, hard working and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be dearly missed by many. Clarence and Vi would have been married 54 years on July 15th.

The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the many friends and well wishers who sent cards, flowers and warm thoughts, it was greatly appreciated. They would also like to thank the Paramedics who attended to her, as well as the doctors and nursing staff at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital. Also a kind word to Dr. Smith for her compassion to the family on the day of her passing.


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