August 10, 1917 – February 7, 2022
A Tribute to Bubbles ~
Bubbles embraced life with the sort of zest that left those around her both inspired and in admiration. She will remain a role model for how to live an engaged and healthy life.
Born Ivy Balderston on August 10, 1917 in Regina, SK, but soon nicknamed Bubbles by her adoring father, and Bubbles she became, in both name and spirit. She was raised on the family farm and then began her nursing career in 1944 at the Vancouver tuberculosis facility.
She married her first love, Bill Beveridge, the same year. Following Bill’s death, she met Dennis Molnar and they were married in 1973. In marrying Dennis, she inherited a whole family and became a stepmom and grandma.
They spent their retirement years in their custom-built home in Maple Ridge and boating the Pacific waters on the Zanzibar. Following Dennis’ passing, she spent more time with her long-time friend, John Philipps and they married in 2003.
Bubbles was fiercely independent. She drove until she was 99 (!) and she was quite upset when she was deemed no longer eligible to drive. ‘Ageism’ she yelled! Want to feel humbled? Go for a stroll with Bubbles, with her walker, and tell me you’re not winded by the end.
She kept active and this is how she stayed strong and living on her own. The pandemic made things harder, and she was so appreciative of the help she received from family and neighbors. If you asked Bubbles the secret to her longevity, her answer was a simple one: ‘clean living, keep moving, and stay curious’.
She was a lifelong learner, a reader and an avid game player. Good luck beating her at Scrabble or King’s Crib! You could always count on her honest opinion and yet she was open to all points of view. She embraced change and technology…using Facebook to keep connected and her Kobo for downloading books. She loved to dance and at every opportunity, she would find a willing partner to show off her moves. She enjoyed travelling across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. And a favourite night out would be to get dolled up in one of her classic chic outfits and head to the theater.
Bubbles leaves behind her 2 step-daughters, Marleine Wagner and Denise (Jerry) Polepil. Her granddaughters, Lisa (Alex) Wagner, Melanie (Nelson) Wagner-Collins, Minette (Brian) Polepil-Gendur, her great-grandchildren, Paige, Sophia, Talia, Radek and Hannah, and her nephew Bob (Carolyn) Matthews and great niece Sara. And so many friends…within her complex, Riverglen, and across Canada and the globe. A service for Bubbles will be planned for late spring.
We will be forever in awe of Bubbles’ genetic superiority and feel lucky to have known her, but more so, lucky to be loved by her. Obituary
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