Vera Karen Wilson of Rimbey, Alberta passed away suddenly at the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at the age of 77 years, as a result of a stroke.
Vera was born in Lacombe, Alberta and raised in the Kingman and Camrose, Alberta communities. She was the youngest child in a family of three children. As a young woman, Vera attended the Covenant Bible Institute in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Following bible school, she obtained a job at Northwestern Utilities in Camrose, which is when she met the love of her life, Jim, whom she saw every day while making business deposits at the Alberta Treasury Branch. Due to Jim’s work, they resided in several communities throughout Alberta before settling in Rimbey in 1978, where they raised their family and eventually retired. Vera was the first special needs assistant at the Rimbey Elementary School, and developed the program’s curriculum. She also operated four home-based businesses over the years, and was always actively involved in her church. Vera took pleasure in gardening, baking, decorating cakes, making chocolates, canning, sewing, crafts, scrapbooking, and creating slideshows, along with welcoming any opportunity to entertain her friends and family. She greatly appreciated visiting with her many dear friends over tea, or by phone. Vera was also very active, and enjoyed activities such as: golfing, bowling, curling, badminton, tennis, skating, boating and water skiing, cross-country skiing, and hiking. She additionally enjoyed the adventures of traveling, but most of all she loved camping and going on holidays with her family. Vera cherished any time spent with her precious grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was gentle and kind, driven and industrious, and extremely giving and generous with her time. Above all, Vera was loving, caring, and compassionate. She will be greatly missed.
Vera will be lovingly remembered by her three sons: Darin Wilson of Calgary, Doug Wilson of Truro, Nova Scotia, and Jason (Angie) Wilson of Rimbey; as well as two grandchildren: Katlyne and Kristina (Eric); and four great grandchildren: Nevaeh, Karissa, Geoffrey, and James. She will also be lovingly remembered by her two brothers: Orville (Jane) Wright of Edmonton; and Glen (Elly) Wright of Kelowna, B.C.; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many close friends. Vera was predeceased by her parents, Warren and Erna Wright; and her beloved husband Jim in 2020.
A Funeral Service in Celebration of Vera’s Life was held at the Rimbey Church of the Nazarene on Friday, February 18, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Terry Oke officiating. A Family Interment preceded the service at 11:00 a.m. in the West Haven Cemetery, Rimbey. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Vera’s memory may be made directly to the Western Canadian District of The Alliance Canada, for the benefit of the Rimbey Alliance Church and Global Missions, 333 – 30 Springborough Boulevard S.W., Calgary, Alberta T3H 0N9. Condolence messages may be forwarded to the family by visiting: www.ofc-ltd.ca
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