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Born: Mar 28, 1929

Date of Passing: Jan 06, 2023

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Violet “Vi” Ann Bowman passed away peacefully, with family by her side, at Riverdale Personal Care Home on Friday January 6, 2023 at the age of 93 years.
Violet was born the second oldest of five children to Sylvia and Frederick Mansky in Reddit, ON on March 28, 1929. Violet spent her younger days working at a candy factory, as a hairdresser and later at Bollman Brothers Print Shop in Winnipeg before eventually making her way out to the Rosemeath Farm near Rivers, MB. The farm is where she spent the majority of her life and where she raised her three girls with her husband Ted.
Violet retired at the age of 50, from Leech Printing. She and Ted spent some of their early retirement time travelling and taking long road trips to Chicago, Texas, Nevada and BC.
Vi loved to knit and was very talented in doing so. She kept her children and grandchildren well stocked with toques, mittens, scarves and sweaters.
Gardening was another one of her passions and she spent countless hours pulling weeds, hauling water by hand, harvesting vegetables, canning and pickling and was always sure to share her bounty with family, friends and neighbours. With her love of gardening, it is of no surprise that Vi had a passion for all things food – restaurants, cooking, and groceries. She was known for putting the miles on every week making her rounds throughout the small towns of Western Manitoba in search of the freshest buns, sausages and eggs - often with at least one grandchild in tow.
Vi had a special knack for turning everyday errands into adventures when her grandchildren were with her, “no” was rarely an answer, and fun was sure to be had. Violet loved spending time with her grandchildren – from babysitting, to sleepovers, to sporting events and school activities, she made sure to be there. There was nothing she loved more than spending time with her family and was always looking for the next reason to get everyone together for a feast and a few laughs. The footloose and fancy-free lifestyle she lived has left us with endless stories to laugh about and reminisce over. She taught us that laughter truly is the best medicine, and for that we are forever grateful.
“It’s not goodbye, it’s we’ll see you later.”
Violet is survived by her daughters Debbie (Morris), Heather (Blair), Brenda (Fred), seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Her family will hold a private Celebration of Life at a later date. Violet’s family would like to thank Dr. Anita and the staff at the Riverdale Personal Care Home for the excellent care she received during her time there.
Donations in Violet’s memory can be made to the charity of your choice.

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As published in Brandon Sun on Jan 21, 2023

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