Wilma Kate Mary Moats (nee Turner) passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 at the Riverview Health Centre at the age of 89.
She was born April 16, 1922.
Left to forever cherish her memory are her children, Richard Moats of Regina, Sask., Jennifer Shaw-Read (Barry) of Ottawa, Ont., and Jill Moats (Eldon) of Winnipeg, Man.; grandchildren, Chad Moats (Darlene) of Kamloops, B.C., Dara Moats of Montreal, Que., Kristen Shaw (Brook) and Tim Shaw of Ottawa, Ont., and Sandra Klowak and Andrew Klowak of Winnipeg, Man.; and great-grandchildren, Nate and Liam Moats of Kamloops, B.C.
Also surviving are her sisters-in-law, Marjorie Turner and Isabella Moats; and several nieces and nephews in England and Canada.
Wilma was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Harvey Moats; brother, Raymond Turner; sister, Margaret Turner; parents, Kate and William Turner; brother-in-law, Leroy Moats; sisters-in-law, Helen Richardson and Bernice Grant; and dear friend, Frank Harper.
Wilma was born and raised in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England, and was trained as a Montessori school teacher. In 1946, she married Harvey and came to Canada as a war bride.
She and Harvey lived in many places throughout Canada, including Saskatoon, North Portal, Lethbridge, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Fort Frances, Kelowna, and Kimberley.
Over the years, Wilma worked as a nursery and primary school teacher, and in adult education. She also had numerous volunteer jobs and was a foster mother for many years, as well.
She will be fondly remembered by her foster children, her former students, and friends.
Wilma always will be remembered for her kindness, compassion, humour, and joie de vivre. She was a remarkably intelligent woman, noted for her inquiring mind and thoughtful search for answers to life’s most profound mysteries.
Gardening, bird-watching, and writing poetry were among the many activities from which she derived great enjoyment. Her greatest joy, however, was being a mother, grandmother, and foster mother.
In memoriam donations can be made to Oxfam Canada.
A memorial celebration of Wilma’s life was held Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 at 3 p.m. at the Coutu Funeral Home (680 Archibald St.)