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WILKINSON, Rosemary “Rose” Helen (Ripper)

April 7, 1923 – Delia, Alberta
June 20, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our mom, Rose, at the age of 95.

Our mom’s role in life was to look after people even when they didn’t know they needed it. She stayed on the farm with her dad in the Dirty Thirties while the rest of her family moved into town. In the Army, during WWII, she looked after her “girls” and she continued to do so for seventy years. Friends and acquaintances often found themselves on the receiving end of her care and once you were there, you stayed. She kept track of people long after they moved away and always tried to honour the promises she made to them.

Mom and dad worked for any years nurturing children as foster parents. She was a geriatric social worker for many years and helped seniors and their families cope with the challenges of aging. Mom was a proud member of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps during WWII and she worked for sixty years to keep the contributions and memories of the CWAC alive in the consciousness of Canadians.

Mom was honoured to be selected to meet the Queen at the Military Museums during the Royal Visit to Calgary in 2005. She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation in recognition of her significant contributions in the service of veterans.

Mom was a twenty-five plus year volunteer at the Military Museums where she made many valued friends. Her last volunteer shift was in December 2017. As well, she and dad were members of the Association of Retired Postal Workers for many years and she took over from dad on the board of the Association. She was working on plans for ARPE’s annual Stampede lunch until last week.

Rose is survived by her children Tricia, Kerri and Scott (Darlene), and her beloved granddaughter Amy, as well as a loving extended family.

She was predeceased by our dad Frank in 2008.

A celebration of Rose’s life will be held at The Military Museums of Calgary (4520 Crowchild Trail, S.W., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Please enter through the Naval Museum, on the east side of the museum. Please no live flowers or plants are allowed in the museum due to the delicate condition of museum exhibits. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Poppy Fund, #1, 4539 – 6th Street N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 3Z6, Telephone: (403) 265-6304, http://skbvideography.com/poppyfund/ Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Rose Wilkinson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with you with the loss of such an extraordinary and loving person. Again so sorry for your loss.

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  2. Phoebe and Rob :

    Rose was a very special lady. You immediately loved her from the moment you met her. She loved her children and accepted their friends immediately into her extended family and her heart. My thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. She will be missed but never forgotten

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  3. Carla Ripper :

    I was sorry to hear of Auntie Rose’s passing, we were always so impressed by how well she had been doing and that she had been able to continue volunteering for so long. She will be dearly missed. Thinking of you all during this sad time and sending love.

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  4. My condolences in the loss of Rose. My thoughts are with you all.

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  5. So very sorry to hear of the passing of Grandma Rose (as my kids called her). She took care of us all – bringing us donuts while we worked at camp, way back when. Mum Rose will be missed and is in our prayers along with the Scott, Carrie, Tricia.
    Our thoughts and prayers.
    Tim and Colleen Cove

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  6. Rory M. Cory :

    We at The Military Museums are deeply saddened by Rose’s passing. She was a huge part of the social fabric of the museum – we were always glad to see her when she was in. She was also part of the foundation of the museum – it is no exaggeration to say that we would not have a Canadian Women’s Army Corps display without her. She built the CWAC artifact and archival collections through her personal contacts with veterans, and had both the old and new displays developed to her specifications, as well as one of the most important temporary exhibits we’ve done here. She leaves a strong legacy at the museum for future generations and I know that women far into the future will take inspiration from it.

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  7. Tom & Lynn Doucette :

    To Rose’s Family,

    Rose was a gem and she will be sorely missed. Her wit and humour made all smile. A Canadian icon, we wish her peace and all of you our sincere condolence during this difficult time.

    Love Tom & Lynn

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