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Viva Nichols
May 18, 1924 - January 10, 2017
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<div itemprop="description">With tears of sadness, but our hearts filled with wonderful memories, we said our final goodbyes to our beautiful, sweet mother, Viva Vera Nichols (nee Sanderson) at 5:00 p.m. January 10, 2017 at her residence in Sunnyside Nursing Home. <br><br>Mom was predeceased by her husband, Clarence; son, David; daughter-in-law, Shirley (nee Barber); grandson, Anton Yablonski; great granddaughter, Reanne Striemer; her parents, Lizzie and John Sanderson; sisters, Beth (John) Hunter, Pearl (Martin) Klein, Emma (Gordon) Moss and Violet (Bob) McTavish; brothers, Bartley, John (Gertie) and Joe; mother and father-in-law, Susan and Dave Nichols; sisters-in-law, Olga (Burns O’Connell), Della and Elnora; and by her brothers-in-law, Benny and Al. <br><br>She will be remembered with love by her daughter and her family, Bonnie (Al) Striemer, Greg (Leslie), Dan (Stacie), Nason (Jessica), Austin (Breanna), Keanna (Adrian); her daughter and her family, Connie (Raymond) Yablonski, Vanessa Dieno, Zacc, Zoe, Madelin, Chereen Mansuy, Lauren (Reg), Cassidy, Camryn, Lane, Cody (Leanne); her son and his family, Willard (Karen) Nichols, Shawn (Ashley), Kristi (Troy), Michael, Amber and Brayden Nichols; sister-in-law, Velma Olson; brother-in-law, Elmer Michalko; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.<br><br>Viva Vera Sanderson was born on May 18, 1924 on the south east quarter of 30-37-6 west of the 3rd meridian. She was the baby of the family and the only child to be born in Canada. All of her siblings were born in Ireland before her parents decided to emigrate to start a new life on the prairies of “Saskatchewan. Their new home was built just across the road from where mom was born and she grew up on the south west quarter of 29-37-6 west of the 3rd meridian. <br><br>She was a black haired little girl running free and barefoot in the hot prairies summers. This happy girl running free and barefoot in the hot prairies summer. This happy girl grew into a beautiful woman who became a wife, a mother, aunt, grandmother and a great grandmother as well as a friend to so many people over the years. She was loved, and treasured for the lovely soul she was throughout her long life.<br><br>Mom moved to Saskatoon to work at St. Andrews College where she met her future husband Clarence Nichols, who had left his home in Langham to work at St. Andrews. They were married in September of 1948. They bought a small two room house and had it moved to a corner lot on the one hundred block of Avenue V South and that is where the our Nichols kids grew up Bonnie, Connie, Willard and David.<br><br>You were the best mom four kids could have had. You were warm, loving and supportive with your beautiful smile, infectious laugh and great sense of humour. But if the occasion called for it, her Irish temper would flare up and we knew when that happened that she had used up her supply of patience and that we were in trouble. As the years went by we all married and the family grew even more with the arrival of grandchildren for her to love and cuddle. Eventually the grandchildren married and added great grandchildren to the family. All together she was the proud Grandmother to eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.<br><br>After dad passed away, Mom continued to live in the family home until her sisters Emma and Violet decided to move to Riverside Terrace. Emma had lived in Vancouver and Violet had lived in Asquith, so this was a move that would bring them all together after so many years of being separated. Mom lived there for many years in her own apartment until mobility problems led her to move to the care home in Riverside. She was happy there for several years until once again her mobility became more of an issue. She had to say goodbye to her friends there and move to Sunnyside nursing home where she lived until her passing. We would like to thank the staff at both Riverside and Sunnyside for the wonderful care and attention she received and for the support they gave to us throughout the years.<br><br>There are two people to whom we want to give special thanks to De. Van Zanten who looked after for many years with such loving care and also to Kevin her favorite nurse at Sunnyside whom she adored.<br><br>A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home (east on 8th Street; first right after Briargate Road). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Sunnyside Care Centre, 2200 St. Henry Avenue, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0P5.<br></div>