Gwen Alberta Viken, a long-time resident of Bonanza, Alberta, passed away on Monday, December 20, 2021 in Peace River, Alberta, at the age of 74 years.
Gwen was born on July 19, 1947, to her parents Clinton and Hattie McCoy (both deceased). She grew up on the family farm in Bonanza, Alberta and attended the local school.
On April 3, 1965 Gwen married Ronald Crocker and they remained in the area until Ronalds’s death in 1991 due to cancer. Gwen was constantly at his side during this difficult time. She then moved to Dawson Creek, BC.
In 1993 she married Leonard Viken, but this was not a compatible relationship and Gwen returned to her private life.
She was employed as a Long-Term Care Aide at the Pouce Coupe Care Centre for 16 years. With her abilities, she was able to care well for both mother and father in their failing years. At the end of her employment, she spent time in her home but made visits back to the farm.
A highlight of her later life was time spent with her steadfast friend, Rene Jeanotte who farmed locally. They had many holiday trips together, one being to Hawaii. They each maintained private lives but were there for each other.
In 2016 Gwen suffered a severe stroke and from that time on she had a very compromised life. It was hard for her to give up her independence. She resided in local care centres until moving to Lake View Lodge in Clairmont, Alberta, spending four years there. Due to failing health she was transferred to various locations. Her final stroke claimed her life on December 20, 2021.
Gwen is survived by her sons: Kevin (Justina) Crocker, Brian (Sherry) Crocker; Grand Children: Coreen (Lindon) Green, Connie (Bobby) Melnyk, Kyla (Dallas) Cline, Blayre Crocker, Brenna (Keenan) Samuelson, Blain (Josie) Crocker and eleven great Grandchildren; Siblings: Glen (Sheila) McCoy, Audrey Elsenheimer, Milton McCoy and Norma (Danny) Wilson, sister-in-law Sandra (Lloyd) Riehl and brother-in-law Russel Crocker and several nieces and nephews as well as her forever friend Rene Jeanotte.
Gwen was predeceased by her husband, Ron and parents: Clinton and Harriet McCoy.
She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed.
A graveside service was held on Monday, January 3, 2022, at 1:00 PM, where she was laid to rest next to her husband Ron, in the Hill Haven Cemetery, Bonanza, AB. Pastor James Bridges will officiate.
For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Gwen to the Networks Ministries, 10500 13 Street, Dawson Creek, BC V1G3W5.
Reynars Funeral Home & Crematorium