May, Violet "Vi"

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May, Violet "Vi"

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  • May, Vi
  • Bode, Violet
  • Bode, Vi
  • May, Violet
  • Bode, Violet

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1900-1988

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Violet “Vi” Aileen Bode was born about 1900 in England, the younger of two daughters of Gerald Franklin Bode and Elizabeth Alice Marion Bode (nee Denny). Gerald died in England and the family then came to Canada to visit Elizabeth’s sister Gertrude, who was living here. The world war delayed their return to England until 1919, when they went back for a short visit and to pick up some belongings before moving to Canada permanently. They lived for a short time in Victoria then moved to Calgary, and later to Edmonton.

Vi completed her high school in Edmonton. She was a skilled equestrian rider, president of the Edmonton Saddle Club, and later became a talented polo player. She met Wop May in the early 1920s and they were married in 1924. Wop May and Vi had two children, Denny and Joyce. Joyce May married Tom Tosh and they had one son, Robin. Vi May died February 9, 1988, and Joyce died in 2005.

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