May 24, 1934 – October 22, 2019
It is with profound sadness that we announce that passing of our dear mother, Wilma Mary Verhelst. She left us peacefully in her sleep at the Suncreek Village nursing Home in Surrey, B.C., where she spent her last 4 years closer to family.
She was Born and schooled in mining town of Nordegg, Alberta but moved to Red Deer, Alberta when she began work, primarily in banking. Here she would meet her husband Leo and have 5 children. Together they had a successful construction company, mom using her banking skills to do the companies books. After the children moved on to their own lives, they decided to change their location to the beautiful Columbia valley in B.C.
Wilma and her husband Leo spent some of their happiest years in retirement in the village of Radium Hot Springs where they meet a community and made many friends. Although some distance from most family, her son, daughters, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and siblings would always find a way to drop in and visit. They would always be welcomed with open arms, a big smile, wholesome food and board games. Her home was a place of acceptance, love and peace to family, friends and even strangers.
After the passing of her son James and husband Leo she moved to Surrey to the care of family in her twilight years.
Wilma is survived by her children Daniel (Maritza) of Surrey, B.C., daughter Linda (Rob) of Prince George B.C., daughter Laura of Calgary, AB, grandchildren Ricardo, Dillon and Myles, and great-grandchildren Rianna and Zackary. She is pre-deceased by her daughter Tina, son James, and husband Leo.
An intimate ceremony will be held at the interment site at the Radium Hot Springs Columbarium, 7524 Stations Drive, Radium Hot Springs Nov 9, 2019 at 1 pm
We love you mom, Danny, Linnie and Putzy.
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