Lena (Vi) Mayer
1931 – 2014
Vi left us peacefully to join Art on May 19, 2014. She was born August 17, 1931.
She is survived by sons: Doug (Carol) of Revelstoke, Roger (Debbie) of Clearwater, Wes (Sandy) of Dawson Creek, grandchildren: Jeff (Jenna), Dan (Rae-Anne), Josh, Brody (Brandy), Coral (Bryan), great grandchildren: Alyssa and Caylee, Ella, Emma and Owen, brother; Cliff (Dorothy) sister; Bonnie, brothers in law; Wally (Clara), and Paul, sisters in law; Irma, Anne and Frieda (Elmer) and a great many nieces and nephews.
Vi was predeceased by her parents Cornelius and Mary Dueck, parents-in-law Daniel and Olga Mayer, her brother Jake and her grandson Gord.
Vi was fond of telling the story of how she was born under a tree in Manitoba during the Depression and like many families of that era her family struggled. Food and shelter were scarce and as the oldest child of four she was forced into a parental role early in her life. Her family moved to B.C. in 1943 to catch up to her dad, who moved there seeking work. The family found success through hard work, a trait she passed on to her children.
She met Art on a blind date in 1950 and they married in 1951. Doug was born in 1952, Roger in 1956 and Wes in 1961.
In 1969 Art and Vi moved to Clearwater and purchased the Jasper Way Motel on Dutch Lake. In 1974 they sold the motel and started Mayer Backhoe Service. Vi ran the books, the household and began becoming involved in local groups. She joined the Hospital Ladies Auxiliary and was a member for over 40 years. She was a driving force behind the construction of Evergreen Acres, served on the Improvement District board, two terms on the School Board and joined the Chamber of Commerce. Vi enjoyed being involved in her community but her greatest joy came when grandchildren started arriving and then great grandchildren. In later years she devoted a great deal of time to genealogy and traced both her and Art’s family back over 200 years, and then wrote the history which she passed on to children and grandchildren.
A funeral service was held for Vi on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at noon at the Clearwater United Church in Clearwater, BC. A graveside service followed at Riverview Cemetery, Clearwater with family and friends gathered afterward back at the church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, 640 Park Drive, Clearwater, BC, V0E 1N1.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Clearwater, BC, 250-674-3030. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.norththompsonfuneral.com.