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VIOLET MARGARET BROATCH (published on January 16, 2010)

VIOLET MARGARET BROATCH (nee HARRISON) January 10, 1915 - January 14, 2010 It is with great relief we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother and friend to her eternal rest. As a very early advocate of euthanasia and suffering a severe stroke two months before her 95th birthday she preferred no extended care. Having a Living Will and knowing her wishes, we'd like to use this quote, There are people who live confined to their bed with nothing to look forward to. There are families forced to watch helplessly as their parents, grandparents beg for release while slowly deteriorating before their eyes. Sometimes people are beyond our ability to help. You can't deny them their right to choose, because, sometimes the only way to improve quality of life is to end it! . Violet was born in St. James on a cold January day. As was usual in the day, her beginning started in the family home on Rutland Street. She was the youngest of five girls born to Sidney and May Harrison who had recently arrived from Downton, a village in Southern England in 1912. Very soon she was baptized at the church in St. James Cemetery at Tylehurst and Portage. When St. James Anglican was built at its present location on Collegiate, it remained her place of worship until the present day. Vi had enjoyed the last 12 years living at Lions Place. She took ill while playing cards in the company of her friends. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years Jim in 1993, son Ralph as a young man in 1976, son Bruce in 2007, her parents and four sisters, Elsie, Beatrice, Ivy and Gladys. She is survived by her daughter Diane (Reid) Hinds of Winnipeg; sons, Wayne (Leslie) of Vancouver and Jim of Lacombe, AB; two daughters-in-law, Rose (Bruce) of Calgary and Rose (Ralph) of Kelowna, 17 grandchildren, 23 great-grands and eight great-great-grands, also loving nieces and nephews. She saw her 95th birthday and the birth of her eighth great-great-grandson in August. She played a very important part in all our lives and will be greatly missed. We would like to thank those who sent their love, hugs, cards and flowers to mom, also their support to me during her last weeks. The greatest addition to our medical systems is Palliative Care and the staff at Riverview and Grace Hospice not only comforted my mother but me as well. God Bless you all. Our family chain is broken And nothing seems the same But as God call us one by one Our chain will link again. In keeping with her love of animals, we gratefully request donations in Vi's memory be made to the Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3. Funeral service will be held at St. James Anglican Church on Monday, January 18, 2010 at 2:00 p.m., with a reception to follow. Pallbearers will be Russel Hinds, Rob Broatch, Ken Broatch, Cory Guenther, Stacey Hinds and Ainslie Ceicko. Chapel Lawn 885-9715

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