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Victoria Jenny Morse was born at Limerick, Saskatchewan on July 21, 1920, to Joseph and Johanna (Pirek) Ruzicka. She was a sister to three brothers, Joseph, Frank and Karl. She married her childhood sweetheart Raymond Morse, on April 14, 1945, in Medicine Hat. She was a great cook and an exceptional baker. Donuts, maple walnut chiffon cake, angel food cake, cream puffs, braided bread and of course homemade buns for every special meal, which she was still making at the age of 101. Christmas wasn’t Christmas for Faye and Cindy without her cottage cheese salad. She was organized, her penmanship was perfection and her bookkeeping exact. She always remembered everyone’s birthday and anniversary and keep photo albums of pictures, newspaper clippings and mementos of her family’s achievements. She worked as a telephone operator in Limerick, Vantage and Palmer, and for a short period was the Post Mistress in Palmer. She was a member of the Palmer Community Club, the Leader of the United Church CGIT girls club, sang in the church choir and had the most beautiful Alto voice. Her green thumb allowed her to create beautiful gardens and she always grew a large vegetable garden. She enjoyed bowling, square dancing, curling, camping, reading, doing crosswords, sewing, knitting and crocheting. During her last few years every morning, she would fashion a wire hanger by crocheting it with wool, put a few pieces in the latest jigsaw puzzle, which she always had on the go, do a sudoku puzzle and go walking four times a day. Many fond memories were made on camping trips with family, bus trips which took them across Canada and fishing trips to various parts of Saskatchewan. She was a modern Grandma with a cell phone ordering groceries during the pandemic. She enjoyed snacking on bugles and could make the bag last a long time, however, occasionally there would be a mix-up in her order and she would receive bagels. She always made the best of it, but couldn’t understand why anyone would deliberately buy bagels. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends at the Villa in Gravelbourg and recently at Points West in Moose Jaw. Bingo was her game – sometimes calling out the numbers and winning her fair share. She was a loyal Blue Jays fan and when a phone call came in, she would say, “I’m playing ball tonight!” She had a strong opinion and if you were doing something she disapproved of, she strongly let you know whether you were 5 or 75. When asked how she was doing she would answer “Mostly Good!” Victoria passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan surrounded by her loving family. What a joy to celebrate her life so well lived, sprinkled with moments of joy and sorrow. Love you always Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma.
Victoria is survived by her loving family, daughter Faye (Lawrence) Johnstone, granddaughter Kathy (Darcy) Dorais, great grandchildren Amber, Melissa and Rachel Dorais, grandson David (Tammy) Johnstone, great grandchildren Dustin, Dakota (Kurtis) and Logan Beach; daughter Cindy (Alain) Boire, granddaughter Stephanie Boire (Brentt), grandson Rene Boire (Samantha); sister-in-law Hazel Ruzicka; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband Raymond Morse (2008); three infant children; grandson Boire; granddaughter Sarah Johnstone; parents Joseph and Johanna Ruzicka; brothers Joseph (Enid), Frank (Edna) and Karl Ruzicka.
Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 2:30 pm, at the Church of Christ, Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan, with Wendell Bailey officiant. Poetry and scripture reading was shared by Amber Dorais, Melissa Dorais, and Rachel Dorais. Urn bearers were Victoria’s Grandchildren, Kathy Dorais, Stephanie Boire, Rene Boire, and David Johnstone. Interment took take place at Geneva Cemetery, Palmer, Saskatchewan. Memorial donations in memory of Victoria may be made to Geneva Cemetery, c/o Barb Arams, Box 896, Gravelbourg, SK S0H 1X0 or a charity of your choice.