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McSORLEY, Margaret “Wilma”

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.

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  1. Betty McSorley :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all in the passing of your Mother, Grandma, and Great Grandmother. Take care of each other and cherish your memories. With sympathy – Betty McSorley & Family.

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  2. I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Auntie Wilma. She clearly led a very full and interesting life! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Kelli

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  3. Gail Whiteford :

    Wilma and I taught together and she was so giving with her wisdom and experience. I am sure you will remember her with joy and love. I know that I will. All my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and with Wilma.

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  4. I’m very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  5. Rick and Joyce Castonguay :

    Rick and I were fortunate to meet and visit with Wilma for over three years while we were attending the Bethany and caring for my father. We are sad to know of her passing. Your mother was interested always, gentle and yet determined, a pleasure to be with. Our thoughts are with you all. Joyce and Rick Castonguay

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  6. Dwight, Keera and Laila;

    Heartfelt condolences to you, your children and to your grandchildren. May your memories of happier days be a comfort.

    Love, Aunt Mary

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  7. Dwight, Keera and Llaila;

    Heartfelt condolences to you, your children and to your grandchildren. May your memories of happier days be a comfort.

    Love Aunt Mary

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  8. Helen & Gordon Dalton :

    Dwight, Keera and family. Please know that caring thoughts are with you and the family.

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  9. Jared, Whitney and Reid Munro :

    I have many good memories of Aunty Wilma’s visits to Manitoba and the vast amounts of local and family history she loved to share. Thinking of you all at this sad time.

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  10. Jean Buckner (nee Abbey) just sent me the notice of your mother’s funeral. I was saddened to hear of her passing. It has been a long while since I have seen her. Since Dad moved from Cardiff Place we were not in touch.
    Your mother was always such a great neighbor. She was a good friend to my mother and I enjoyed sometimes getting in on their tea parties. Mrs. McSorley was always in my mind such a smart woman and I appreciated the interest she showed in my family. She was always so proud of her grandchildren and had stories to back up why she thought they were so wonderful.
    When my mother was killed in a car accident, Mrs. M was one of the first people I called. We so appreciated how she went to be with Dad in emergency until the family could get there. Her thoughtfulness and support will always be remembered.
    May you know the peace and comfort that only Jesus can give.

    Donna Lonie (Paugh)

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  11. Mary and Brian Cummins :

    Wilma was our good next-door neighbour for many years. My Mom really enjoyed her early morning walks with Wilma. We sorrow with you in your loss.
    Mary (Paugh) and Brian Cummins

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