July 25, 1920– September 2, 2011
Wilma Dobson passed away peacefully at the age of 91 on September 2, 2011 in her Calgary home surrounded by her immediate family.
Wilma is survived by her three children Rick (Leigh), Ginny (Dale Huntingford), and Nancy (Rob Close) along with her eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren who celebrate her long and happy life
Wilma was predeceased by her beloved husband Tommy Dobson in 2006 after 63 years of loving marriage. Wilma was born on a farm in Flamborough, Ontario on July 25, 1920. She grew up in the town of Dundas with her parents William and Sanforetta (Tudor) McKee and her sister Ina. Wilma began nurse training September 6, 1939 at Hamilton General Hospital and graduated as an RN at McMaster University in June of 1942.
On July 7th, 1943 she married her high school sweetheart Tommy Dobson who spent the war years in the Royal Canadian Navy while Wilma practiced nursing in Halifax to be near when Tommy returned to port. During Tommy’s long and successful career with the Royal Bank of Canada, Wilma established new homes for their growing family seven times in various Canadian cities from 1946 until 1966. Calgary became the favoured location so it was natural for Tommy and Wilma to return to Calgary for a pleasant retirement starting in 1978. Retirement brought the opportunity to spend time with a large group of steadfast friends – skiing, birding, hiking, gardening, golfing, dancing, travelling, volunteering in the community, organizing reunions with her nursing school colleagues, and generally celebrating life. The number of grandchildren increased over the years, providing an extra element of fun.
Wilma was a creative soul and loved to keep busy doing needlework in addition to the more everyday household tasks of handyman, cook, gardener, construction supervisor, and general improver of all her surroundings. Wilma valued knowledge and learning and encouraged her family growing up to “look it up” whether “it” was a definition, a spelling, a fact, or a date. Her sense of wonder and enthusiasm, especially about nature, were contagious whether she was marveling at the moon, watching a summer storm, seashore exploring or travelling the world.
Family and friends cherish special memories of a loving and guiding mother, a caring Nana, a generous and devoted friend, a bright and inquisitive woman who cared deeply about community issues and world events and most of all the well being of her family and friends.
May her compassion, generosity, creativity, love of family, sense of fun, and enthusiasm for learning live on in all of us, with great love and respect from Rick, Leigh, Thomas, Jen, Abiageal, Jacqueline, and William; Ginny, Dale, Nancy, Stasha, Thom, Kyra, and Colin; Nancy, Rob, Ellen, Heather, and Patrick.
The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Focus on Caring for their support and loving care.
There will be a private family memorial service. The family will host a reception to celebrate Wilma’s life at the Ranchmen’s Club from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2011. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the Wilma F. Dobson Entrance Scholarship in Nursing by phone (403 220-5854) or by cheque made out to the University of Calgary (please indicate: “Wilma F. Dobson Entrance Scholarship in Nursing” in the memo line) c/o U of C Development Office, 2500 University
Dr NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4. Donations can also be made online at https://netcommunity.ucalgary.ca/WilmaFDobson.Print This Obituary & Condolences