July 28, 2019
Vivian Malove passed away on July 28, 2019, born on the Saskatchewan prairies 90 years ago to Barbara (Vera) and Wasyl Chernoff. She was one of eleven children, survived only by one sister Mary Podmoroff. When she was 5 her mother passed away leaving her Dad and the other siblings to look after one another. It was hard times during the Depression years, however, her family stories always reflected the fun times, the closeness of family, the music and mischievous antics. When she was in her mid-teens some of her brothers moved to B.C. to work in the Okanagan orchards and most of the family followed.
Vivian felt an instant affinity for the mountains and never wanted to move back to the farm life or longed for the Prairies again. She married George Malove in 1949 and together they operated the Cash Groceteria on Market Avenue until two daughters followed several years later. Vivian devoted her whole life to home and family. She was an amazing gardener, an impeccable homemaker, seamstress and great cook. Those close to her would all give an honourable mention to her cinnamon buns.
Vivian followed current events, politics and some sports. She was well known around the community for her friendly nature and hospitality. When children became old enough she went back to work as a retail clerk at numerous places in town, but was mostly known for her years at Acres Drug Store and Rocco’s Clothing. After retiring, she focused on her home and garden once more. She never lost touch with her nieces, nephews and family members as they were important in her life. Her five grandchildren spent many happy hours at Grandma’s house.
Struggles with health in later years were a challenge but she continued to put one independent foot before the other right up to the last days. She wore her body out living life well and had no regrets about leaving, although she will be missed by many.
Please join the family in a Backyard Going Away Party for Vivian to celebrate her memory on Sunday, August 11th at 2 pm at her daughter’s home at 6206 YorkRoad, please bring a lawn chair.
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