Mrs. Vivian Julian Giraudier Newkirk

March 24, 1939July 4, 2013
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Vivian Julian Newkirk (nee Giraudier)

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Vivian Julian Newkirk of Regina, SK. Predeceased by her parents Suzanne and Ernest Giraudier, brother Lawrence Giraudier and niece Carolyn Therrien, Vivian leaves to honour and celebrate her life, Harvey Newkirk her loving husband of 34 years; her daughters Deanne Newkirk (Kris Holthe) and Renee (Duane) Cook and the grandchildren she so adored and who in return adored her, Emily Holthe and Dalan Cook. Vivian’s passing leaves to mourn her brothers, Marc (Lois) Giraudier, Leonard (Valerie) Giraudier, and her sister-in-law Thelma Giraudier as well as numerous other in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and Harvey’s children Kim (Brent) Drozda, Ken Newkirk and Brad (Candice) Newkirk.

Vivian was born March 24, 1939 at Coronach, SK and grew up on a ranch in the beautiful Big Muddy Valley. In her early 20’s, Vivian was an airline stewardess with Air Canada and later attended the University of Regina and graduated with a Bachelor of Education. She taught high school and elementary school in the separate school system until her mid-fifties. Her empathy and compassion for children and animals were always evident as she drew them like magnets. Vivian loved to play cards and travel and she enjoyed many family vacations in Canada and abroad with her family. A talented artist and an amazing cook, Vivian would often peruse her library of cookbooks to prepare the perfectly prepared meal for special occasions.

It was a privilege to know her, to call her wife, mother, grandma, sister and aunt. Vivian’s last days were made comfortable by the exceptional staff at the Regina Pasqua Hospital Palliative Unit and Grace Hospice, whose compassion and care are greatly appreciated by her family.

Vivian’s Celebration of Life will be held at St. Ignace Roman Catholic Church, Willow Bunch, SK on July 9, 2013 at 2pm. Donations in Vivian’s memory may be made to Prevent Cancer Now. Arrangements entrusted to Ross Funeral Service, Assiniboia, SK. To leave an online message of condolence and photo, please visit


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Marilyn Ross

August 11, 2013

Marilyn Ross

August 11, 2013

Marilyn Ross

August 11, 2013

Hi Deanne & Renee:
Here are some of my memories of your mom, when we were growing up, in the Harptree area and going to school at Muddy View.
I don't just remember when Lawrence & Vivian started coming to school at Muddy View, but I know she didn't start Gr. 1 with me in the fall of 1946 but they are in pictures that my mother took of the students in the winter of 1946 – 47.
Vivian and my brother, Wayne, sometimes ‘rubbed one another the wrong way' – anyhow one day on our way home from school (we walked in the summer time) Vivian decided she would take him down & kiss him. Well, it ended up Wayne was in the thistles when she got him down. Just then the teacher, Amy Bell, who boarded at our house, came up over the hill. Vivian was taller than Wayne, even though he was a year older. Suzanne & the kids lived at the farm (where Kirk & Tammy now live and we lived where Norm & Beulah now live) during the school days and then went to the ranch on the weekend.
Later they rode their horses – Vivian on ‘Buddy' and Lawrence on ‘Flicka' and Paul Hodges met up with them & rode on his pony ‘Dick'. Hodges lived a couple of miles south of the Giraudier farm.
Roy Bailey came to teach at Muddy View when we were in Grade 6 and then we would play a lot of softball. Quite often, Lawrence played ‘short stop' and Vivian on First Base and when Lawrence would catch a ball he would ‘wing' it over to Vivian – sometimes it would send her back a step or two. Mr. Bailey would tell Lawrence not to throw it so hard as we didn't have very good ball gloves back then and after a game Vivian's hand would be sore and red. Anyhow, we got to be a pretty good team even though there weren't too many of us. Mr. Bailey took us to Bengough to play the Gr. 7 & 8's and we beat them.
After my mother died, in May of 1955, Vivian came & stayed several nights with me and I spent quite a bit of time down at the ranch. Quite often that included some horseback riding, but I was never too brave about that. One time I went with Lawrence & Vivian to chase in a bull. By this time she had a bigger pony so I got to ride Buddy, but they put Buddy & I in a corral out in ‘the bottom' until they had the bull in the fence where he was supposed to be. I always enjoyed my self at the ranch and always felt welcome.
When we were in Gr. 9, Lawrence, Vivian and Mark went to school in Harptree as Lawrence had his driver's licence and it was closer to the ranch. I stayed at Muddy View and Leslie & Lillian Anderson came to school there – Leslie & I took Gr. 9 by correspondence with Mr. Bailey's help. Then, for Gr. 10 Vivian and I boarded with Roy & Helen Bailey in Bengough. Muddy View school had closed. As I said before sometimes Vivian & I would have a little dispute over who was going to sleep on which side of the bed – I don't remember now if it was the inside of the bed or not. It was a very small bedroom and the bed was missing a leg so had a makeshift leg under it and if we made a dive for the back of the bed sometimes it would make the bed fall down. Then, Bailey's would wonder what was going on in there? One night Helen & a friend were going to go to a movie at the theatre and Roy & the friends husband were to baby sit (Roy & Helen had 2 little girls). Well, the men were going to try & get us to babysit, but Vivian & I planned on going to the movie too, so we thought we would sneek out the window. The men must have suspected something because as I was just about out the window they opened our bedroom door, so Vivian gave me a push & she jumped out, too. The men had to babysit, ha.
Tom & I were married on June 4, 1960 and Vivian was one of my bridesmaids. After we had been married a year we moved to an apartment on 3954 Rae St. (just behind the Golden Mile Plaza) and Vivian lived a couple of blocks further west, so we would meet up in the morning, in the summer time and walk to work. She worked in the Administration building (I think it has a different name now, but it is the one just south of the Legislative Building) and I worked in the Legislative Building. It took us a good half hour, but we enjoyed looking at the nice old homes on Albert Street.
In March of 1964, Tom & I ordered a new Mercury car from the Ford plant at Oakville, Ont., and I wrote Vivian a letter telling her that we were coming down to Toronto by train to pick up this car and drive it home. When we arrived it was snowing quite heavily (wet spring snow) but Vivian and a room mate came to the Station in a taxi & picked us up & took us to their apartment where supper was ready. In the morning she had a flight (to Chicago, I think) but it wasn't a long one so it was decided that Tom would go to the Airport with her in her car and come back to the apartment and we would take a bus to Oakville. Well, Tom didn't pay much attention to the drive to the Airport and coming back realized he wasn't sure where she lived and she had an unlisted phone number. I was getting kind of anxious back at the apartment as we were to catch the bus at a certain time to make our appointment to pick up the car. Anyhow, he managed to find the apartment and we got to the Ford plant on time. Afterwards, we drove to the Airport to pick Vivian up when her flight came in. She took us to Casa Loma and we also went to a movie while we were there. We only stayed a couple of nights before we headed home.
I remember Vivian showing me how to put make-up on after she had been in training for a stewardess and how she was taught to pack a suitcase. She always looked nice, very classy and she had nice hair – I don't remember her every having a ‘bad hair day' when we were younger.
When they first came to school at Muddy View they had been speaking a lot of French at home so we would laugh at them for their pronunciation of some words (tree for three & butter peanut sandwiches) so they got so they didn't want to speak French. Many times I wish we had have learned to speak French from them.
These are a few of my memories – fond memories.
Marilyn (Kemp) Ross

Angela Ell

July 24, 2013

I did Vivian's hair for over 15 years, Vivian was a very special person and I enjoyed our times together so very much. Renee and Deanne you are her pride and joy! And that grand-baby, she couldn't get enough.
Vivian was such a great comfort to me when my Mother passed and I am so thankful that I was lucky to have had her in my life. Your loss is great and I am so sorry. Take care of one another and remember she loved you all so much.

With my deepest sympathies,
Angela Ell

Pam Dawson

July 17, 2013

I haven't seen Vivian for so many years but I remember most vividly that wonderful smile. As a kid I used to love going to Auntie Susanne and Uncle Ernie's because we would always have such a wonderful time playing with our cousins on the ranch and aftterward the sing alongs and good fun. Vivian was always in the middle of the laughter. But most of all I remember her kindness and patience with her pesky little cousin. She leaves many behind to miss her but at the same time she leaves such wonderful memories for us all. My sincere condolances to you all - you are in my heart and in my thoughts. Pam Dawson

Barb Pratt

July 17, 2013

A remembrance of the good times shared with you, your Mom and Sheri at Regina Beach. wish i had found this earlier for the beautiful slideshow you put together Hugs xoxo Barb Pratt

Carol Newkirk

July 13, 2013

Vivian, We have been so blessed to have such a wonderful sister in law. We will remember always the many great visits, card games and laughs. We so often shared a laugh as we recalled the day many years ago when the kids were just little and Deanne and Lori were out riding and Renee and Debbie came running through the kitchen yelling 'run away horse, run away horse' and right behind them were 2 baby lambs bellowing ' baa baa' just as loudly. Around the kitchen table they all ran and right back out. Once we knew everyone was safe, you laughed and laughed and over the years when we would recall the story you would laugh just as hard.
During the time we spend in Regina after Lori's accident you and Harv were so great to all of us. You always made us feel so welcomed and at home.
We are thankful you are now at peace. We will miss you.
Carol & Wayne Newkrik

Deb Inman

July 12, 2013

Many of my fondest childhood memories were spent with Auntie Viv, Uncle Harv, Deanne and Renee. Auntie Viv was a wonderful Aunt who always made us feel loved and welcomed. I am so very grateful for all the hours dedicated to teaching us to water ski and fish and for the endless meals and generous hospitality. We also loved when we were able to tag along and explore the Big Muddy and spend time with the Giraudier families.
You always knew that if you needed anything...a place to stay, someone to watch the kids or just someone to enjoy a game of cards with, Auntie Viv always made you feel like it was a pleasure to have you. I recall just a couple years ago I was in Regina for a meeting and stayed overnight. In the morning Auntie Viv refused to let me find the meeting location on my own as she said it was tricky to find. I assured her I had directions and would be fine but, she insisted that she would drive ahead so I could just follow her. So, not only did Uncle Harv and Auntie Viv get up early to prepare a huge breakfast, Auntie Viv escorted me across the city and then sent me off with big hugs and of course invitations to come back anytime. That is how I will always remember her, as generous, caring and full of hugs.
Auntie Viv - thank you for all the wonderful memories, we love you and will miss you.
Uncle Harv, Deanne, Renee and families - please know that we hold you in our thoughts and prayers and love you very much.

Deb, Bob, Carter & Ethan Inman

Len and Val Giraudier

July 10, 2013

Dearest Vivian,

I am writing this the day after your beautiful funeral service. The service was so very appropriate for you Viv. I expressed this to Harvey, Deanne and Renee yesterday. Releasing the butterflies was such a touching gesture watching them flutter and fly away, some landing on the flowers as the song "I'll Fly Away" was being sung and played it was simply beautiful to experience. Vivian you were a wonderful big sister to Len, the best sister-in-law to me and a very special Auntie to Landon, Kirk, Carmen and Alanna you will be missed so very much by us all.
We are thankful that you now have peace after your extended battle with cancer. Len and I take comfort in knowing you have gone "home" and are now with your Mom and Dad, Lawrence, Carolyn as well as many other family members. It is not goodbye just a brief "pause" until we are together once again. So for now all we will say is we love you and we will see you a little later on!!! Love and Hugs Lenny and Val.

July 10, 2013

We were saddened to hear of your mother's passing, Renee...may fond, loving memories of a life well lived help to soften the pain. Doreen and Kristina