July 23, 1920 – April 7, 2013
Wilma passed away peacefully Sunday, April 7th, 2013. She would have reached the age of 93 years this summer. She was always a most warm and loving grandmother and great-grandmother and will be sadly missed.
On July 23, 1920 in the County of Simcoe, Ontario, Margaret Wilma Munro was born. Her family moved to Burnside where she lived for the first 25 years of her life.
Wilma graduated from Winnipeg Normal School in June 1940 where she began the teaching career she had always wanted, first at Image Hill School in Hartney, which was a one-room rural school with a wooden stove and students from Grades 1-10, where she earned $750 a year. She travelled by horse 11 miles east of the school each weekend to be with her family, then back again to start each week. She also taught at the Central School in Portage.
Wilma married Lloyd McSorley in 1965 and they farmed in Deleau, later moved to Brandon, and on to Calgary in 1956. Three children were born of this marriage, Randall, Keera, and Dwight. A marriage breakdown followed in 1969.
In 1960, Wilma joined the Hillhurst, Pleasant Heights, and later the Wild Rose United Church. She was a most active and staunch supporter of her church, served on a number of committees, and created the Church Foundation.
Wilma returned to teaching with the Calgary Board of Education and on her retirement in 1986 had completed 26 years with them, teaching in two schools, Senator Patrick Burns Junior High as well as John Diefenbaker Senior High School. She obtained a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Calgary in 1974 – no easy task for a woman who was a full-time teacher and ran her own home. We will be forever proud to have been able to attend our Mother’s Convocation.
During the last couple of years of teaching, Wilma spent much time, in a leadership role, with 85 Alberta teachers who could not count their pension unless they went back to Manitoba to teach for one year. September 10, 1986 was a day of celebration, when a bill was passed in the Manitoba Legislature allowing them to transfer their service to Alberta with no strings attached.
Wilma’s passion for genealogy allowed her to travel in search of answers to her many questions, which was a past-time she thoroughly enjoyed. She also volunteered for many years during the Christmas season at Heritage Park where she taught any who were interested how to tat. She produced lovely cards that she made herself, from pressed flowers and tatting, and sold quite a number of these over the years. She was rarely idle in her spare time.
Wilma is survived by her daughter Keera McSorley (granddaughter Mia Cavanaugh (George), great-grandchildren Kayla, Tarren, Cole, Lauren), granddaughter Skye Kieken (great-grandson Brennan), her son Dwight McSorley and wife Laila (granddaughter Nicole Murphy (Devin), great-grandchildren Aiden and Cohen), and granddaughter Alea Hollins (Ryan) who are currently awaiting arrival of the newest great-grandchild). Wilma was predeceased by her eldest son Randall McSorley.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate your making a donation to your favorite charity with our thanks.
A Memorial Service will be held at Wild Rose United Church (1317-1st Street N.W.) on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. A Private Family Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Wilma McSorley, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences