Wilson, Verna (nee Willows)

We celebrate the life of Verna Marguerite Wilson (Willows) who passed on to another realm on October 23, 2019 at the age of 95. After a short physical decline in Sunnybrook Hospital, she slipped away peacefully while sleeping, gracefully succumbing to pneumonia. Every one who knew her feels very fortunate to have had her with us so long.

She was beloved of her children Rick (Arlene), Jim (Dot), Lorraine and Joanne; very dear to her grandchildren, Jay (Kerri), Brian (Megan), Jodie (Patrick), Ian (Maryanne), Hilary (Jonathan), Sue (Sean), and Tommy; and the caring great grandmother of Lauren, Darren, Elizabeth, Luke, Katie and Fionn.

Verna was predeceased by her husband George, her brother Charles and his wife Elma; and is survived by her sister-in-law Ann and her nephew Bob (Audrey).

A lover of reading, travel, word puzzles and celebrations, she will be remembered as a strong, flexible and understanding mother, a supportive friend to all, a fountain of wisdom, an extraordinary listener, and for her unwavering positivity and smile.

Verna was a co-founder of the Huntsville Weavers and Spinners Guild and for several years the editor of the magazine Heddle.  A homemaker by choice, she also worked as an Executive Assistant at Air Canada and the Canadian Civil Liberties Union.

She lived independently until after her 95th birthday, maintaining a sharp mind and her positive attitude to life. An example for us all, she accepted an increasing number of physical challenges over the years, remaining delighted to be alive. She showed interest in and respect to everyone who came near her, putting a smile on everyone’s face.

A service will be held in celebration of Verna’s well-lived life on Saturday November 2nd at

St. John’s Dixie Cemetery and Crematorium

737 Dundas St E., Mississauga L4Y 2B5.

Gathering after 10 am, Service at 11. Lite lunch until 2.


In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Verna’s name to

PACE Independent Living. Donate In Memory of Verna Wilson at

Click here to donate

or to

Toronto Western Hospital. Donate recognizing Dr. Lozano of the Department of Neurosurgery, identifying Verna Wilson at


5 replies
  1. Rosina isabella
    Rosina isabella says:

    To Joanne and family
    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mom and wanted to send my condolences to you at this time

  2. Sue Cockburn
    Sue Cockburn says:

    Joanne & Family,
    Our thoughts are with you as you celebrate the wonderful life your Mother & Grandmother lived. You are an example of all of her very best qualities. May your special & happy memories of her warm your hearts.
    Sue Cockburn & Family
    PACE Independent Living

    • Joanne Wilson
      Joanne Wilson says:

      Thank you Sue for your lovely words. Mom truly was a remarkable woman and our memories bring happy smiles to our faces.

  3. Alexa NORRIS
    Alexa NORRIS says:

    Dear Rick and Family

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom but you were so fortunate to have had the pleasure of her presence with you for so many years… May the memories of her very full life give you and your family comfort and joy while you reminisce about the life well lived that she shared with you! Memories are with us forever!

    Alexa and Joe


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