December 28, 1937 - February 27, 2017
Patricia Elaine Willson
Pat passed away peacefully in her home on February 27, 2017 with her family at her side. She is survived by her daughter, Beth Tutiah and her sister, Sue McCartney and family. Pat was predeceased by her son, Jefferson Andrew and her husband, George Willson.
Pat said goodbye to her family and friends in a Celebration of Life which was held on January 28, 2017. She appreciated this opportunity very much and felt fortunate to be able to do so.
Pat was born in Port Arthur, Ontario on December 28, 1937. At age 7 she moved to Weyburn, Saskatchewan and during her high school years moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba. She graduated from Viscount Alexander school and went to United College (University of Winnipeg). She entered the St. Boniface School of Nursing and upon graduation as a Registered Nurse in January 1959 she started her career, working in various positions in the Emergency Room, Pediatrics, Medical Floor and the Operating Room. She also worked for the Victoria Order of Nurses (VON). After raising her children she completed a refresher course to re-enter the nursing profession and worked at several nursing homes, Deer Lodge Centre, Seven Oaks Hospital and finished her career at Bethania Personal Care Home. She also obtained specialization in gerontology and management. She enjoyed nursing greatly.
Pat loved to travel and had a great sense of adventure. She explored all of the provinces and many states. She travelled with George to Australia and New Zealand, Portugal and Spain and South Africa. With Beth she travelled to Mexico, Greece and Turkey, Finland, Great Britain, Alaska, Australia, Cuba, Iceland, the Caribbean, New York City, Washington D.C. South America, and various ports to and from the Panama Canal. She cherished then many good friendships that she developed through travel. Her parents built a cottage on the north shore of Falcon Lake which she enjoyed immensely. Pat enjoyed retirement a great deal as it gave her more time to garden, quilt, travel and participate in various activities.
Pat loved to be active and participated in numerous sports. She played tennis, badminton, curled, canoed, hiked, and she was an active member of Brenda's exercise class at the Civic Centre for many years, she especially enjoyed lawn bowling. She was an active member of the Tuxedo Lawn Bowling Club and thoroughly appreciated the many games of bowls over the years with so many good friends.
Pat believed in participating in the community and volunteered in many different ways over the years. She was a proud supporter of St. Amant Centre and later DASCH (Direct Action and Support for Community Living). She supported Beth in her various activities over the years assisting in the school, Brownies and Girl Guides, Sunday School and school plays and various school events. She hosted foreign exchange students and other students in her home. In retirement she volunteered with the St. Agnes Guild, working in the gift shop at the Children's Hospital, and contributing various handmade knit items, baby blankets and quilts.
Pat was a hard worker and was always happy and ready to lend a hand. She touched the lives of many and she will be missed.
Pat and her family were very appreciative of the caring individuals, and the doctors and nurses who assisted her recently during her recent illness.
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