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VERA "VIG" STEVENS
October 9, 1929 - August 11, 2023
It is with great sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of our beloved Mom and Nana Vera "Vig" Stevens on Friday August 11, 2023 at the age of 93 years just 2 months shy of her 94th birthday.
Vera will be lovingly remembered by her son Mark (Curtis), grandchildren Samuel, Jordan, Chelsea, Tyler. Daughter Tracy Lebedeff (Dan), granddaughter Megan, her sister Eileen (Brian) of England, many nieces, nephews and very many friends. Vera was predeceased by her husband Harry of 54 years and her mother Rose.
Vera and Harry moved from London, England to Winnipeg, Manitoba in May 1959 and made it their home. Mark came along in 1963 and Tracy in 1966. Once they were old enough to look after themselves Vera got a job at Donald Drug store where she loved it and all the people she worked with over the years. Her next adventure was working for the PC Manitoba fund on Kennedy where she made lifelong friends with Maureen and Wendy. She was even known as the Queen of Kennedy by Gary Filmon due to her everlasting English accent. Mom was always the life of the party no matter where it was. She had a certain wit about her as well as divine stubbornness.
Mom loved all her grandchildren and was so happy to get phone calls or have them stop by that she would tell me for days about the visit or call. Mom loved her bingo which was only on Sunday evenings to start, then Tuesday evening and Thursday. She loved knitting and reading books but most of all just talking to people. This is how she met Bob, her next-door neighbor in December 2021. She just knocked on his door and asked for his help. Both Vera and Bob were very lonely while living on their own and not being able to socialize due to covid. They became fast friends and companions. Mom moved in with Bob in May 2022 and was so happy to be with him. As mom's dementia became worse it was Bob that cared for mom’s every need and he was with her every minute making sure she was healthy and cared for. Even while she was in Misericordia hospital transitional ward waiting for placement into a long term care home Bob would visit mom twice a day.
The last visit we had with mom was in Misericordia hospital and even though she could not form or say a word, she did manage to squeeze Mark and Bob’s hand as if to say it’s ok. I (Tracy) was the last to leave and while telling mom I loved her she smiled at me and squeezed my hand. This will be forever engraved in my heart.
As per mom's wishes, cremation has taken place, a private family gathering was held, and she is now resting beside dad.
Mom, you have touched so many lives over the years. We will miss you always. God bless and Rest in Peace! Forever in our Hearts!
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