Vanessa Mae (Ulrich) Bowers

December 6, 1965 ~ October 13, 2020

It is with extremely heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Vanessa Mae (Ulrich) Bowers on October 13, 2020 at the young age of 54. Vanessa was a beloved mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, whose bright smile and contagious laugh will live on forever in our memories. Vanessa had an enthusiasm for life that had no parallel, and we know she would consider this just the next great adventure. We bet she has already found the most “Heavenly” fishing spot!

Born in Flin Flon Manitoba, Vanessa moved to the Yukon when she was 4 years old. She was a long-time Yukoner who grew up in Whitehorse, loved the outdoors, and stayed in the North almost her entire life.

Vanessa will be lovingly remembered by her parents Carole and Lawrence Ulrich, her daughter Samantha Bowers, Samantha’s father Mark Bowers, step-son Trace Bowers, her sister Melinda Martin (Jeff), nieces Brittany and Jocelyn Martin, brother Travis Ulrich (Sharon), niece Kataya Ulrich and nephew Tanner Ulrich.

Vanessa will be dearly missed by all her family, friends and Walmart colleagues. An outdoor memorial will hopefully be held early next summer to share stories and laughs, and make some new memories together. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Vanessa’s memory to a charity of your choice.

33 Comments

  1. Suzanne and Kevin McDonald

    Please accept our most sincere condolences. We have such fond memories of Vanessa. She always knew how to make us smile! Our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time. She will be missed and remembered.

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    • Sharon Ulrich

      Thank you so much for your condolences Suzanne and Kevin.❤️ The family has such great memories from our Versluce Meadows days, and Vanessa would love that you remember them fondly too!

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  2. David J Thurstan

    So very sorry Carole, Lawrence, Melinda (Jeff) & family, Travis (Sharon) & family. There is never a time when we are “ready” to say goodbye to our loved ones. We will all be here for each other and the phone line is always open. I hope Vanessa has found her fishing spot. She will be missed by all and we have many memories and photos of her time here with us. Take care all of you and keep in touch.

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    • Sharon Ulrich

      Thank you so much for the love David!❤️I’m absolutely certain that Vanessa has found the best fishing hole up there, and right now she’s making new fishing buddies, and holding it down until we can all join her with our favourite rods.

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    • Sharon Ulrich

      Thank you Garth…we’ve been so appreciative of family over the past few weeks. I’m sure currently Vanessa is fishing in tranquility (which is her own special version of resting in peace!).❤

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  3. Ruth Whitney

    So sorry to hear this.
    Vanessa gave the greatest hugs.
    Each time we met it was big catch up time.
    Will miss her & that cheery smile.
    Tally hut.

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    • Sharon Ulrich

      Ruth you nailed it! Vanessa’s hugs, smiles and contagious laughs were EPIC. That’s exactly how she would want to be remembered….smiling!❤

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  4. Debby

    My deepest condolences to the family. Rest well my friend.

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    • Sharon Ulrich

      The whole family thanks you for your kind words Debby. We really appreciate the outpouring of love from everyone.❤️

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  5. Rose Wolfe

    Vanessa was a good friend to me and my daughters. Rita and Edith especially. She will be missed . God is with her.

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    • Sharon Ulrich

      Rose hearing from you brings us back decades in our memories of Vanessa…thank you for the trip down memory lane! You, Rita and Edith always had a special place in her heart.❤️

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    • Sharon Ulrich

      Thank you so very much for the condolences and kind thoughts Russ and Elaine!❤

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  6. Lori and Randy Carey

    Our condolences to her family. We will miss her smiling face and her happy demeanour. Rest In Peace Vanessa.

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    • Sharon Ulrich

      Thank you for the love Lori and Randy! Vanessa’s enormous smile, and ready laugh, will definitely live on forever in our memories.❤️

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  7. Kelly Steele

    Our deepest condolences. Vanessa was a beautiful person and will be forever in our hearts.

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    • Sharon Ulrich

      Thank you for your love and kind words Kelly! Her vibrant personality absolutely lit up any room.❤️

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  8. Henry Procyk

    My deepest condolences to the family

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    • Sharon Ulrich

      Thank you so much for your condolences Henry! The family really appreciates the outpouring of love and support from all our family and friends.❤️

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  9. Kerri Schokz

    This was such a surprise. She will be missed.

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    • Sharon Ulrich

      Thank you for your kindness Kerri.❤️

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  10. Liz Brazeau

    Vanessa, rest easy! You have left a hole in our hearts. Will miss your contagious smile

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    • Sharon Ulrich

      I can still see her smile, and hear her laugh, when I close my eyes….thank you for your kind words Liz.❤️

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  11. Rosanne

    My deepest condolences to Vanessa’s family.

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    • Sharon Ulrich

      Thank you so very much for your condolences Rosanne. The family really appreciates the love.❤️

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  12. Tammy-sue Westberg

    Sincere condolences to Vanessa’s family and friends. She was a long time friend of mine. From teenage days, socializing days and rodeo days. I really cared deeply for our friendship. I will miss you my friend.

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    • Sharon Ulrich

      Tammy-sue I now remember Vanessa in her old cowboy hat! Thank you so much for the wonderful memory. ❤️It’s been wonderful hearing from Vanessa’s friends from her youth, and the family is really looking forward to a future memorial (in warmer weather) to share some of the old stories!

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  13. Melanie

    I will miss you my friend. Rest In Peace. My sincere condolences to all of you.

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  14. Sharon Ulrich

    Thank you so much for your kindness and condolences Melanie.❤️

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  15. Nicole Berndt

    30 plus years of friendship, a few years being roommates and most of all being choosen sisters:)
    Vanessa you have always been an incredible friend and I know you are affecting all those above with your contiguous laugh and constant giggles. Miss you more than words can say.
    My heart and hugs go out to your family and especially Samantha

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    • Sharon Ulrich

      Thank you so much for the love Nicole. We all felt the hug. ❤️I’m currently searching for a video/recording of her contagious laugh…let me know if you ever come across one!

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