Passed on: August 6th, 2012
WILSON, Velma Rosalind (nee: Garry) left this world on August 6, 2012. Born in 1935, the youngest child of Arthur and Ellen Garry, she attended Daybreak school, and later schooling in Neville, Saskatchewan. She was raised during the depression and war years. She was like an only child when her sister Charlotte and brothers Glen, Jim and Evan left home to contribute to the war effort. During that time Jim's young sons Duncan and Edward were like little brothers for her. It is difficult for us, if raised after WWII, to really understand how life was in those difficult decades. Velma was a woman with amazing depths of compassion and strength. For those of you who were her close friends, you know that to describe her life would require a book! Giving of her time to family, church and community was her life. Even during her own personal grief and losses, she had empathy for others. Widowed in her early twenties and twice more before she was 65, taught her lifes hard lessons about grief, anger and loss. Her compassion and care for the people in her life surely must surely have grown from those tragedies. In later years when she moved to Swift Current, she was drawn to service work. Some of these were: Home Care, Crisis Line, Women's Shelter, Victim Services and Pastoral Support for the Catholic parish. Groups she participated in were the Simmie Kinettes and the Catholic Women's League. Those who worked with her in these endeavors will remember her for the giving, intelligent woman that she was. Her joy was her children, grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. Their visits home were always filled with lively conversation and delicious meals. Everyone enjoyed the many cats and dogs that she befriended over the years. Sharing her colorful flower beds and gardens was another highlight as well as bird watching. Life on the farm was special because of the efforts she made. Much time was spent going to the Simmie rink for hockey/skating, to Lac Pelletier for swimming lessons and camping at the lake and Cypress Hills. As part of her fun-loving spirit, she had a "tickle trunk" full of fabulous costumes and accessories collected over the years. Many zany outfits were created for party goers of all ages, including herself! She shared so many good times with family, neighbours and friends. What fond memories we will have of her. Velma was pre-deceased by her father Arthur Garry 1956, husband Eugene Sim 1957, husband Irvin Paul 1963, mother Ellen Garry 1977, sister-in-law Alma Garry 1990, brother James "Jim" Garry 1994, brother-in-law Harold Warman 1999, husband Wayne Wilson 1999, sister-in-law Wilda "Billy" Garry 2000, brother Glen Garry 2002, and brother Evan Garry 2006. She is survived by her sister Charlotte Warman of Toronto,ON and sister-in-law Lucy Garry of Mission, BC; her children: Valerie Fiddler, Shelby Sim, Eugene Sim, Robert Paul, Michael Paul, Craig Wilson and Heath Wilson. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Aimee Lang, Toby Teichrib, Kelly Teichrib (Valerie); Clayton Larson (Shelby); Hailey Paul, Riley Paul (Robert); Brandy Paul, Bailey Paul, Aaron Paul (Michael); Derek Wilson, David Wilson, Rhett Wiebe-Wilson (Craig); Mitchell Wilson (Heath); her great grandchildren: Kyler Holowaty, Kelton Lang, Brooke Lang, Emmerick Larson, Chandler Dueck, Mackenzie Dueck, Kolby Teichrib, Cody Teichrib-Emms and Ronin Wilson. She is survived also by many nephews, nieces and cousins. Velma offered survival skills and hope to those around her. She taught by the examples of her own life. She shared her ability to face what was ahead with faith and not be afraid. She showed courage and conviction to fight battles and come out a winner, no matter the outcome. She taught us all to love, protect and support one another. As many have said, Velma exemplified kindness and love itself. Perhaps these words will help sum up how she lived (from 1Corinthians 13: 4-8): "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes always perseveres. Love never fails." For further information or to sign the family book of condolence, visit www.parksidefuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in care of Parkside Memorial Funeral Home.